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Tomahawks for cutting and smoking are among the most appealing of the genre. 
By Mike Haskew 

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I wish to tell you that I was very moved 
and very proud of the article about Yvon 
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I believe you listed my address incorrectly 
in the article on Japanese knives and 
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July BLADE. My correct address: Dept. 


I'm writing this letter to let all BLADE 
readers know what ABS master smith 
Joe Szilaski did for me. 

In early January 2001, I was injured at 
work. After a year of continued problems 
stemming from the injury, doctors said my 
physical state was even worse than it had 

The problem is that I have two herni- 
ated discs and a pinched sciatic nerve with 
permanent nerve damage. I have a shoot- 
ing pain down my leg and in my lower 
back most of the time. I'm permanently 
disabled and can't stand very long or walk 
very far, and can only sit certain ways. 

I started using a cane, which helped me 
stand longer and walk farther than before. 
I also used the cane to help me get up from 
a chair or couch. However, the cane would 
flex a lot and, because of the way I use it 
and my weight, I was afraid it would 

I was looking at Knives 2002 and saw 
the article by Szilaski on the fokos, a 
Hungarian walking stick with a tomahawk 
head. I called Joe to see if he would make 
one for me. I'm on a fixed income and 
don't have a lot of money. He quoted me a 
fair price on a fokos, so I ordered one. I 
told him to include just the basic head and 
shaft but to make it strong. He asked for a 
tracing of my hand so he could make the 
head the right size for me, and I told him 

how long to make it. I told him that I was 
disabled and would use the walking stick a 
lot. To my surprise, he said I would have it 

A short time later, UPS showed up at 
my doorstep with a long box. I was like a 
kid at Christmas! It took me a half hour to 
open it and, when I saw what was inside, 
my jaw dropped. I couldn't believe my 
eyes! It wasn't what I expected at all. 

The first thing I noticed was that the 
tip is made of brass with a threaded insert 
for ice, and a carved spiral handle with a 
single brass tack. The head looks like a 
Viking war ax with a spike on the reverse 
side. There's also a section of fluting 
toward the head. 

Joe put a lot more work into it than I 
paid for and went out of his way to get it to 
me in a hurry. His generosity has restored 
my faith in mankind because he doesn't 
know me but took my word about my 
disability. I'll never forget what he's done 
for me. The fokos doesn't flex at all and 
fits me like a glove. It never leaves my side 
and never will. 

Thank you Joe. You've made a friend 
for life. 

Craig R. Boyer, Madison Heights, Michi- 

Editor's note: For an example of Szilaski s 
bladesmithing talents, see the story on 
pipe tomahawks on page 12. 

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>ver story 

Believed by some to be of Native Amer- 
ican origin, the pipe tomahawk 
doubles as both a tomahawk and a smok- 
ing pipe, double duty that Rich McDon- 
ald's rendition pulls off with panache. 

McDonald forged his pipe hawk from 
the gun barrel of a muzzleloading rifle, 
including a cutting edge of 1084 carbon 
steel. The mouthpiece is pewter, and the 
handle is curly maple encircled by two 
pewter bands. He gives many of his hawks 
an aged look by applying a browning solu- 
tion to the surface. The head cover is by 
Jeanne McDonald. Rich's list price: 

"The pipe tomahawk 

doubles as both a 

tomahawk and a 

smoking pipe." 

For more information on the cover 
piece, contact Rich McDonald, Dept. BL9, 
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482-0007 phone/fax. For more on pipe 
tomahawks in general, see the story on 
page 12. 

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From left: Single Action Shooters' Society 
member Mac "Gun Dawg" Barnes, Joe i 
and ABS master smith Daniel Winkler "tak 
you back in time" as they pass one of 
Winkler's gun-barrel pipe hawks around the 
campfire. (Editor's note: Tobacco use can 
result in cancer, heart disease and death. 
When you smoke, you do so at your own 
risk.) (Karen Shook photo) 

A forged piece of a muzzle- 
loading gun barrel is the 
basis for Rich McDonald's 
pipe hawk, this issue's cover 
piece. The cutting edge is 
1084 carbon steel. The 
mouthpiece is pewter and 
the handle is curly maple. 
His list price: $650. 

Tomahawks used for both cutting 
and smoking were — and continue 
to be — some of the most intriguing 
of a genre 

By Mike Haskew 

12 /BLADE 

3 TEMBER 2003 

Born of the combination of two 
frontier icons, the tomahawk 
and the tobacco pipe, the pipe 
tomahawk holds a special place 
in the folklore of Colonial and Native 
American cultures. Legend and theory 
surround discussions about the true origin 
of the pipe tomahawk, but there's no 
doubt that some talented bladesmiths and 
knifemakers are keeping the spirit of this 
hallowed hawk alive for a diverse group 
of enthusiasts. 

Modern mountain men — those who 
look and dress the part and attend re-enact- 
ment events — prize the pipe tomahawk, 
along with collectors who value the crafts- 
manship necessary to produce a presenta- 
tion version. Joe Szilaski counts pipe 
hawks among a number of cutlery items 
he's been making since 1963. 

"I make a lot of presentation pieces," 
Szilaski explained, "forged of one piece of 
W-l or W-2 tool steel. I never make any 
wall hangers. These are absolutely func- 
tional pieces and, if somebody wants to use 
them, he can." However, throwing the pres- 
entation pieces for fun or in competitions 
is not something Joe recommends. "Some 
people who collect will also re-enact, but I 
doubt they would actually throw them 
around," he noted. 

For those who like to throw their toma- 
hawks, Joe uses an S-5 or S-7 shock-resist- 
ant steel. His designs remain true to those 
of the frontier days, as early as the 1700s. 
"I use curly maple for handles and a lot of 
silver inlay," he said. "I do the carving 
from start to finish. In earlier times, indi- 
vidual blacksmiths might make pipe toma- 
hawks [and have gunsmiths do the inlay]." 

Two Business Ends 

Any discussion of pipe tomahawks must 
include some explanation of their origin. 
They actually include two business ends, 
depending on the situation. The steel 
"hawk" head does the camp work and in 
older days was used in battle. The smoking 
end includes the mouthpiece where the user 
actually draws his soothing drag — and, yes, 
a bowl holds the tobacco of choice. 
(Editor's note: Tobacco use can result in 
cancer, heart disease and death. When you 
smoke, you do so at your own risk.) 

"Legend and theory 

surround discussions 

about the true 

origin of the pipe 


— the author 

Most who make them agree that pipe 
hawks combine two very strong symbols 
of war and peace. "It fits with everything 
else I make," noted Rich McDonald. "I've 
always been interested in early American 
history, and the pipe tomahawk is from 
that era. When it was actually decided to 
start making them is unknown, but the 
earliest specimen I've seen is from 1758. 
However, there are historical records of 
them being in existence before that." 

A thriving fur trade on the American 
frontier fostered the popularity of the pipe 
hawk, according to maker Jeff Claiborne. 
He gauges the future demand for such an 
item by what he sees coming from Holly- 
wood. "The movie, The Last of the Mohi- 
cans, created interest in items like the pipe 

hawk," he commented, "and it's known 
that the English were making tomahawk 
heads in bronze and brass, and trading 
them to the Indians. The handles have 
always been wood. The Indians already 
liked to smoke their peace pipes and 
somehow the two became combined. The 
Indians liked to trade for knives, beads, 
mirrors and other things. Depending on 
where the traders were, the Huron might 
be exchanging items with the French 
Canadians, the Spanish coming up from 
Mexico traded with the Apache, and the 
English traded with the Miamis, Crow, 
Cherokee and Iroquois." 

Two Ways To Make 'Em 

Crafting a pipe tomahawk is a challenging 


BLADE/ 13 

First Peace Pipes or 
Blowin' Smoke? 

In a historically accurate combina- 
tion, the pipe tomahawk reflects 
images of war and peace. However, 
though its origins aren't completely 
clear, it seems that the notion of the 
pipe hawk being the original peace 
pipe is more myth than truth. 

"Smoking and tobacco were 
important parts of Native American 
culture," Daniel Winkler explained, 
"but I doubt that the pipe tomahawk 
was the first peace pipe. Stone pipes 
were being carved before settlers ever 
came to the North American conti- 

Joe Szilaski recalls seeing a pipe 
tomahawk that actually was carried by 
a Seneca chief during the 1700s, and 
points to differences in construction. 
"I think that the pipe tomahawk was 
only used for smoking later on," he 
declared. "You can see that the earlier 
pieces are much heavier, including the 
bowls. Later, the pipe hawk came to 
be a symbol with a much lighter head 
and a bowl sometimes even made out 
of brass." 

Pipestone actually did serve as a 
principal material for early Native 
American pipes, examples of which 
have been found that predate the pipe 
tomahawk by several hundred years. 

process, and Daniel Winkler employs two 
different historically accurate construction 
methods. He works with three pieces of 
steel and forge welds them together to 
form the eye and the blade. The bowl is 
formed separately and fits into the eye. 

"I normally use high carbon steel like 
5160 or 1095 for a good, functioning piece 
of cutlery," Winkler said. "I use curly 
maple for the handles because it's attrac- 
tive as well as durable." 

The second option is the gun-barrel 
approach. "I take a section of gun barrel, 
split it, and forge weld the carbon steel 
cutting bit into it," Winkler continued. 
"Then I flare out the bowl." 

"Pipe hawks 

combine two very 

strong symbols of 

war and peace." 

— the author 

14 /BLADE 




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Claiborne tailors his construction 
methods to how the hawk will be used. A 
length of .50-caliber Hawken rifle barrel is 
the material of choice for a "rendezvous" 
pipe hawk. "The Hawken barrel works the 
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hole through the center. Then, I hammer 
the front down flat and forge the blade out. 

"On the old pipe hawks, the Indians 
took two pieces of wood and carved a long 
notch down the center for a mouthpiece. 
This fit into the end of the handle. I've 
used wood, bone, ivory and pewter for 
mouthpieces, and the bowl is made to hold 
the tobacco so it doesn't fall all the way 

Usually about 90 minutes of forging 
time is required for McDonald to take a 

"I take a section of 
gun barrel, split it, 
and forge weld the 

carbon steel 

cutting bit into it." 

— Daniel Winkler 

gun barrel, pierce the eye, slit the end 
open, slide the cutting piece in and forge 
weld the two together, and shape the bowl. 
The gun barrel itself is best described as 
mild steel, and the head is fashioned of 
1084 carbon steel. 

"After the forging, I clean the piece up 
on the grinder like I do a knife," Rich 
related. "Certain moldings are filed into 
the pipe for decoration, and then it's heat 
treated. I age all of my stuff to look like it's 
been around and used. I put a browning 
solution on it to oxidize the surface, turn- 
ing it a steel, rusty color." 

Black-powder enthusiasts are known to 
light up their pipe hawks, and, while virtu- 
ally all such hawks are usable, Winkler 
estimates that eight out of 10 of his 
creations will never actually be put to 
work. "These have bowls that are fully 

formed and drilled, and they have the 
clean-out hole, so they're functional as an 
ax and as a pipe," he said. "It seems that 
most of mine are going into collections." 

Opinions vary on the most difficult 
part of the construction. Winkler and Clai- 
borne say it's forming the eye, which is the 
part the handle goes through, and getting 
each side to match for a good fit. McDon- 
ald works the hardest in getting the 18-to- 
2 0-inch handles drilled from one end to the 
other without having the drill bit slip 
through the side. 

Custom orders are generally welcome, 
and prices vary depending on the degree of 
embellishment. Szilaski's pipe hawks start 
at $450, while his high-end pieces can run 
as much as $5,000. The latter may include 
a fully engraved head, gold or silver inlay, 
and possibly a silver mouthpiece, and can 
require as many as 900 hours to complete. 
He uses both the gun-barrel and fabrica- 
tion construction methods. 

Winkler's price range is from $600 to 
about $2,500. He's worked with damascus 
steel, silver inlay, rawhide wraps, and 
decorations of beads and feathers. Karen 
Shook paints historically accurate symbols 
on the rawhide wraps and antiques them. 
She also decorates them with horsehair and 
fringe decorations. 

Most of McDonald's pipe hawks are 
priced around $600-$700. He works with 
pewter inlay and pewter or bone mouth- 
pieces, employing historically accurate 
images for engraving. Claiborne offers a 
basic rough-forged and fire-blued pipe 
hawk at $125, with 90 percent of his work 
going to actual users. His exhibition-grade 
pipe tomahawks are hand engraved with 
mirror-polished blades and may run $500. 


Much of the appeal of the pipe tomahawk 
is the historical images it conjures. 
Authenticity is a key to collectors and 
users alike. Through research in museums 
and books, the makers remain true to the 
pieces that survived the frontier days of 
their forefathers. 

For the contact information for the hawks 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em" on 
page 97. 

"The pipe tomahawk holds a special place 

in the folklore of Colonial and 

Native American cultures." 

— the author 


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with the name, the blade mimics the 
bayonet of the AK-47 rifle. The handle 
is CNC-machined 6061 -T6 aluminum 
and comes with G-10 inserts for extra 
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among them are some of the tough- 
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and balance make them formidable allies in 
a situation that requires a knife which won't 
fail no matter what. 

A folder that fits the category with 
muscle to spare is the Camillus Cuda Domi- 
nator, highlighted by a frame-lock design 
teamed with the flipper-based ROBO mech- 
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lock is the generic name for the lock, which 
consists of one side of the titanium handle 
frame split to form the locking spring. 

With a 3.65-inch blade of CPM S30V 
stainless steel and a sturdy stainless pocket 
clip, the Dominator replaces the Cuda 
Quick Action in the company line. At a 

manufacturer's suggested retail price 
(MSRP) of $220, the knife is available now. 

"The Dominator was designed by knife- 
maker Darrel Ralph," noted Will Fennell, 
Camillus product manager. "We've been 
doing a lot of knives with Darrel, and he 
knows the frame lock well. He designed the 
handle for a comfortable and secure feel in 
multiple forward, reverse or hammer grips. 
We wanted one-piece titanium frame-lock 
construction and added texture to the handle 
for traction." 

The Dominator provides a sturdy plat- 
form for the ROBO mechanism, which uses 
two pins from the outside of the blade in the 
locking position. Rather than a single pin, 
the two oversized pins of the ROBO can be 
used as thumb studs and stop the blade at 
the front of the frame. "Instead of a piece of 
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bar of heat-treated cutlery steel to engage 
after the blade opens to about 30 degrees," 
Fennell said, "so the knife's less likely to 
[deploy accidentally] or fly open when it 

Kalashnikov Tough 

The names AK-47 and Kalashnikov have 
been synonymous with the Cold War and 
the once adversarial relationship between 
the USA and the Soviet Union and its prox- 
ies. Now, Mikhail Kalashnikov, developer of 
the AK-47 assault rifle, has collaborated 
with Boker and German designer Dietmar 
Pohl to introduce the AK-47 knife. The 
satin-finished, partially serrated blade of 
440C stainless steel is 4 inches long and 
mimics the bayonet of the AK-47 rifle. The 
handle is 6061-T6 aluminum CNC 
machined and features G-10 inlays for extra 
grip strength. With a stainless pocket clip, 
overall open length of 9 inches and weight 
of 6 ounces, the piece is intended as a 
heavy-duty tactical folder that can be used 
with confidence. 

"We couldn't be any more excited about 
having exclusive rights to some of the most 
innovative knives to come along in a long 
time," explained Boker USA President 
Chuck Hoffman of the AK-47 and its 
companion limited-edition version, the AK- 

47 LTD. "The AK-47 is a substantial knife 
and a lot of its features pick up a theme. 
Along with the blade resembling the rifle's 
bayonet, the G-10 inserts on the handle are 
similar to the cooling ribs along the rifle's 

"The Dominator 

provides a sturdy 

platform for the 

ROBO mechanism. 95 

— the author 

The AK-47 has an MSRP of $220. The 
LTD, with snakewood handle inserts, a 
plain-edge, mirror-polished blade and serial 
numbers up to 2003, carries a $350 MSRP. 
Each knife comes in a metal presentation 

"The knife is sizable. It's a handful. It 
does lend itself to toughness. It wasn't 
designed with a plastic handle to be light- 
weight. It has an anodized aluminum 
handle, and the Boker sidelock makes it 
lock up like a vault," Hoffman assessed. 
"We wanted to carry the flavor of the AK- 
47 rifle into the tactical knife, and Dietmar 
got acquainted with the firearm by going 

through some special operations training in 
Germany. He fired the rifle and handled it 

Heavy-Duty Lightfoot 

At an MSRP of $80, the Greg Lightfoot- 
designed Timberline Zambezi Back-Up 
offers plenty of moxie for the money. The 
Back-Up was born out of the idea that a 
folding complement to the company's fixed- 
blade Zambezi would have instant appeal to 
the knife market. Currently, the 3. 5 -inch 
blade is made of AUS-8 stainless stock a 
husky 5/32 inch thick. Lightfoot added that 
he expects the steel to be changed to 
154CM stainless in the future. 

The maker said he based the design for 
the Zambezi Back-Up on his handmade 
Marauder model. "Functionality and sex 
appeal both come together with beautiful 
lines in this knife," he noted. "It's like a very 
good shotgun when you hold it. You don't 
have to reposition or readjust your grip 
when you bring the knife up — it instanta- 
neously fits your hand. Timberline repro- 
duced my design 100 percent with this 
knife, and I'm appreciative of that." 

The grip of which Lightfoot speaks so 
glowingly includes carbon-fiber scales for a 
maximum strength-to-weight ratio and 
extra-solid purchase in the hand. 

A hidden strength of the Zambezi 
Back-Up is a pivot-pin system running 
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After the blade is opened manually about 
30 degrees, the ROBO mechanism of the 
Camillus nominator engages and 
"assists" the blade open the rest of the 
way. Instead of a wire spring, the ROBO 
mechanism uses a solid bar of heat- 
treated cutlery steel. MSRP: $220. 

allows the pivot pin to be extremely tight 
and still move during prying to avoid 
damage. A tough pocket clip on the butt 
end of the knife is functional and doesn't 
interfere with the grip. 

"This knife is totally overbuilt," Light- 
foot said. "With the carbon-fiber handle, 
metal bolster, bulked-up pivot pin and 
heavy-duty clip, it's one of the toughest 
folders around. 

"You don't want to be holding onto a 
boat anchor. Nobody would buy the knife 
if it was too heavy, but in using it for what 
it's designed, it's totally overbuilt. With the 
competition being what it is, you've got to 
do something better than what the other 
guys are doing. The fit and finish have to 

be there, and the Zambezi Back-Up has all 
these qualities." 

Fixed-Blade Emulator 

From Strider Knives, the AR model is a 
whopping 9 7/16 inches long in the open 
position. The S30V blade is just a shade 
under 5 inches. Titanium liners and rough- 
textured G-10 scales come together for one 
of the most durable handles on the market. 

"We literally pioneered the use of 
rough-textured G-10 and, as far as I know, 
we were the first to ask for it," related 
Duane Dwyer, co-owner of the company 
with Mick Strider. "People in the tactical 
community actually love the feel. We're 
trying to do more different stuff, and we 

have had great luck with the G-10." 

The design process for the AR was 
begun with the purpose of making a folder 

"We wanted to 

design the AR to 

emulate the 

strength of a 

fixed blade." 

— Duane Dwyer 

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as close to fixed-blade toughness as possi- 
ble. "It's a big, heavy folder," Dwyer 
continued, "and we wanted to design it to 
emulate the strength of a fixed blade. That 
was the mindset. We choose a mission 
statement that a product is intended for and 
the tasks that it's likely to encounter. Then 
we do our best to design the geometry and 
trigonometry to accomplish that." 

Dwyer points out that prying is the 
nemesis of most folders in the market- 
place. The AR is constructed to counter 
such torture. The blade is 190 thousandths 
inch thick, while the pivot pin, which is 
most often the cause of failure when 
prying, retains the integrity of the front of 
the knife. The pin is a 416 stainless bolt 
5/16 inch thick that turns in the 390 thou- 

"The Zambezi 

Back-Up feels like a 

very good shotgun 

when you hold it. 95 

— Greg Lightfoot 

sandths-inch-diameter pivot hole. 

The Strider AR's MSRP is $350, while 
a slightly modified version with additional 
work to the handle and blade geometry is 
available through Triple Aught Design at 
an MSRP of $399. 

More Tough Ones 

A new crop of ultra- strong factory folding 
knives is out and ready to be tested. Finding 
a muscle knife just got easier because of the 
great selection. However, the array of choices 
could also make picking a knife more diffi- 
cult. What's the solution? Buy two! 

Additional tough folders, if not avail- 
able now, then soon include (MSRPs in 
parentheses): the Al Mar SERE 2000 
($189); Benchmade Model 910 Stryker 
($120-$ 140); Buck 880 Strider; Cold Steel 
Recon 1 with tanto point ($69.99); Colum- 
bia River Knife & Tool Prowler; Emerson 
"Super 7" CQC-7; Gerber A.R. 325; Ka-Bar 
Warthog folder; Katz Kagemusha NJ-35/S 
w/Kraton handle; Kershaw Seagal 1680ST 
($150); Lone Wolf Harsey Tactical Folder 
($280); Microtech Quick Deployment 
SCARAB ($595); M.O.D. CQD Mark I 
manual ($299.98-$380); Chris Reeve 
Sebenza large Regular; SOG Pentagon 
Elite; Spyderco Assist; and Xikar XI 188 
Extreme ($89.95-$99.95). There are others. 

Check 'em all out. 

For the contact information for the knives 
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Eliciting appropriate 
answers to the query 
"What for?" have 
inspired the author 
since day one 

By Ed Fowler 
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— r hat for are two simple 
r words that have caused me 
more trouble and at the same 
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would indicate. When I was a kid I asked 
"What for?" of friends and teachers. I lost 

(cont. on page 26) 

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some friends and aggravated some teach- 
ers beyond belief. When the question was 
answered to my satisfaction, it became the 
cornerstone of all that followed. 

Why do I write for BLADE®, or 
"What for?" I ask myself that question 
many times. One reason I write for 
BLADE is because I believe in my heart 
that there's a place for all knives — the 
functional as well as those called "art," the 
simple, the complex, the cheap and expen- 
sive, the primitive — all have a home. I 
believe knives have value only when the 
maker and client understand in harmony 
the issues that I feel need to be addressed. 
It's a question of heritage. The answer to 
"What for?" is why the knife exists. I 
believe that many times this issue is poorly 

When I read BLADE and view the 
photos of any knives that I feel are poorly 
designed or represented, the significance 
of understanding the question "What for?" 
increases. When the maker asks the ques- 
tion and truly seeks to understand aspects 
of design, materials and function, he will 
contribute more to all who come to know 

According to the author, when the maker seeks to understand aspects of design, 
materials and function, he will contribute more to those who know his knives than 
one who's satisfied with simply making a knife. Glenn Marshall seems to understand 
those aspects well in his cocobolo bowie. Overall length: 15 1/2 inches. His address: 
Box 1099, Dept. BL9, Mason, TX 76856 (915) 347-6207. ( photo) 

his knives than the maker who's satisfied 
with simply making a knife. 

We all need to ask, "What for?" Some- 
times asking it may result in controversy. 
However, the risk of creating controversy 

is justified because the knowledge 
acquired from the correct answer is the key 
to a healthy future. 

A recent article contained the state- 
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because they're too expensive, may get lost 
or break ..." I ask you, how could a knife be 
recognized as a tactical but remain remote 
from its venue due to perceived — and many 
times rightly so — inept design and 
construction? How many readers noticed 
this comment? Why did it fall on eyes that 
didn't see or understand the significance of 
the issue? What for are two simple words 
that pinpoint the need for clarity in design 
and function behind the knife. The issue is 
not one of honesty but of knowledge. 

The question "What for?" need not 
detract from the knife, for it doesn't matter 
why the maker made it, only that his reason 
behind the dream is understood, well 
defined and manifest in design, done his 
way. It's the foundation of the knife that 
matters. The knife may be a piece of history 
that touched the maker, or it may be his 
dream of some invasion of alien creatures 
from outer space that history waits to 
record. All that matters is that the maker 
and client understand the reason for the 
design of the knife. In other words, the glint 
in daddy's eye needs to be understood. 

Recently, a knifemaker sent me a photo 
of a knife. I'd taken an interest in his knife- 
making talents and felt I would push him a 
little further. In regard to the overall 
construction and direction of the knife, I 
simply asked, "What are you trying to say?" 
I regret that I never heard from him again. 

As long as they desire more than a 

simple reproduction of a knife of history, 
knifemakers who seek to make a statement 
with each knife have a leg up on the rest of 
the pack. Some knives can be an ultimate 
challenge, and reproductions can allow 
others to share in a historic or beautiful 

Creativity, however, requires a little 
more behind the knife than to reproduce 
one, for value is proportionate to thought. 
Sometimes the client who may have more 
knowledge as to the heritage of a design 
provides the needed "What for?" However, 
how much more would both gain if the 
knowledge were truly shared? 

There are times when a reproduction is 

much better than the original. This past 
Valentine's Day, Angie gave me a repro of a 
lovely old U.S. Army Colt in .45 Long Colt 
caliber made by U.S. Firearms. I'd been 
looking at the revolver for months and truly 
wanted to share time with her. In short, I 
was obsessed. The reason? Of recent manu- 
facture, she's everything the old Colts were 
meant to be and the finest revolver of the 
type I have ever held. 

Organizations are another to whom I 
would pose my "What for?" question. Indi- 
vidually, you and I have little influence, but 
as a group we can make ourselves heard. 
When there's little threat to the group, we 
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sometimes, significant debate. When threat- 
ened, it's hoped that the group will unite and 
make itself heard as one. 

Modern Curse of Creativity? 

Several days before I began work on this 
article, a friend showed me some foreign- 
made copies of recent factory knives 
designed by those I consider individual 
hometown (U.S.) makers. Cosmetically, the 
copies were very good; only the name of 
the originator was missing. There were no 
other names to identify the origin of the 
knives. I haven't tested any of the copied 
knives, so I can't comment on their quality 
other than what's visible to the eye and 
tangible to the hand. In the industry, these 
are known as knockoffs, their existence felt 
by many to be the modern curse of creativ- 

My friend and I discussed the knives 
and I headed home. Later, some thoughts 
continued to haunt me. I called him and 
sought more information. He advised me 
that the knockoffs cost less that $2 each, 
while the originals sell for over $50. He 
then said that what I thought was the origi- 
nal version was actually a knockoff of an 
earlier knife which sold in the 1950s. He 
then took the evolution of the '50s knife 
further, saying the earliest one he knew of 
was designed in Germany in the 1930s, and 
then was made and sold in the USA. He 
reminded me that there have been many 
hundreds of thousands of knifemakers in 
the world since the creation of man. As a 
result, there's very little probability of there 
being any absolutely pure, pristine and orig- 
inal knife designs. 

I happened to be reading some docu- 
ments written in the mid- 1800s. They 
mention the bowie knife many times as 
accompanying the pioneers on their journey 
west. If this history is to be believed, most 
Sheffield bowies were copies of knives 
made by American bladesmiths. Knives 
were bought on the frontier by visiting 
Englishmen. The Englishmen took them to 
England, where the bowies were copied by 
the English cutlery industry that at the time 
was vastly larger than the one in the USA, 
and then exported the copies to America. I 
wonder if some of the early bladesmiths felt 
the same way about the English copies as 
some of those in the production knife indus- 
try now feel about similar market condi- 

Another interesting phenomenon is the 
fact that many of the Sheffield bowies that 
originally were knockoffs are now highly 
prized collector items and continue to 
inspire more reproductions. I wonder if in 

28 /BLADE 


The author said that as long as they desire more than a simple reproduction 

of a knife of history, knifemakers who try to make a statement with each knife have 

a leg up on the rest of the pack. Josh Smith's statement is in damascus and 

white and black-lip mother-of-pearl. Closed length: 4 1/2 inches. His address: Box 753, 

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the next 150 years the modern reproductions 
will achieve the same status? 

Personally, I don't relish the existence of 
today's knockoff knives. On the other hand, 
if the sole existence of the bowie knife had 
depended on the limited capacity of the 
early U.S. cutlery industry, in all probability 
the bowie would have faded from existence, 
for there would have been very few of them 
to feed the legends that followed. 

Editors note: The subject of copies being 
the sensitive one that it is, you will notice 

the use of copy, knockoff and reproduction 
in the preceding. Copy refers more to an 
imitation of a contemporary design, usually 
made without permission and/or attribution. 
Knockoff refers to a less expensive copy of 
a knife, most often made without permission 
and/or attribution. A reproduction, on the 
other hand, refers to a recreation of a clas- 
sic old design with attribution. There are 
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the knife i carry 

"I carry a Victorinox Spartan, to which I've added a 
micro-screwdriver that fits in the corkscrew. I also carry a 
Camillus Craftsman stock knife for heavy cutting. It's 
one fine knife. I'm a pipe smoker, so I carry a Zippo pipe 
knife, a little beauty in stainless steel with a nail file, a pick 
and a tamper, and a money clip." 

— Peter Kristich, Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania 


On peacekeeping duty in Bosnia and Hercegovina, I carry 
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Ranger Puukko. It s an excellent general-purpose knife 
that takes and holds an incredible edge, and has a very 
functional sheath. I try to avoid abusing a knife but, 
during weapons-storage-site inspections, it s occasionally 
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Super Tool daily. Two others I always carry are from Cold 
Steel: an El Hombre, which is great for general cutting 
tasks, and The Spike neck knife, which is mostly for my 
peace of mind as a final backup — though the cutting 
power of this little knife has to be seen to be believed. 
Another knife I brought along on deployment was a large 
bowiefrom Eight Dollar Mountain Forge. 

— SFC Robert Lose, "A" Troop, 1/1 58th Cavalry (Recon) 

"/ carry a Caiaphas Ham bowie repro every day. I also 
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Ronnie Packard, who has made knives for over 20 
years. My carry pocketknife is a Case Copperlock and 
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Knife companies continue to embrace 
CPM S30V as a breakthrough blade steel 

By Joe Kertzman 

32 / BLADE 

Designed by knifemaker Brian Tighe, the Lone Wolf Tighe- 
Tactical Folding Knife sports a 3.56-inch CPM S30V blade 
precision ground with a deep, false edge along the spine. 
According to Doug Hutchens of Lone Wolf, even at a Rockwell 
hardness of 59-61 Re, the blade remains flexible and 
tough.The Tighe-Tactical is a locking-liner folder featuring a 
titanium handle, pocket clip and liners. The manufacturer's 
suggested retail price (MSRP): $279.99. 


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According to Sal Glesser of * 
Spyderco, CPM S30V's greatest quali- 
ties are in its homogenous grain 
structure and proper combination of 
elements. An Eric Glesser design, the 
Spyderco Dodo Clipit showcases a 2 
1/6-inch CPM S30V blade with an 
arced belly and downward-curving 
tip. Other features include a large, 
royal-blue G-10 handle complete with 
finger grooves, and Spyderco's new 
Ball Bearing Lock. MSRP: $119.95. 

It enjoys numerous endorsements. It 
won't be enjoying any multi-million- 
dollar contracts with Nike, but CPM 
S30V is certainly relishing its free agent 
status. It can pick and choose what team it 
wants to play for and how many cities it 
will visit in a given season. Yes, S30V 
continues to be the blade steel of choice 
for several knife companies. 

All new specialty knives under devel- 
opment at Lone Wolf Knives, the 
company's gent's knives and the Harsey 
Tactical Folder have S30V blades. All 
Chris Reeve factory folding knives and 
The Green Beret Knife feature blades of 
S30V Spyderco has decided to use S30V 

"I'm thinking the 

price increase is 

30-to-40 percent 

over other premium 

steels. But the end 

product is just 


— Doug Hutchens 


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for all of its U.S. -made knives with the 
exception of the Maddox model, a deci- 
sion reached after extensive testing of 
S30V in its own lab. According to 
company president Sal Glesser, the blade 
steel excels in sharpness, edge retention 
and toughness, and its corrosion resist- 
ance is more than acceptable. 

Strider Knives seems to have adopted 
S30V by incorporating it into several knife 
models, while other companies, like Buck, 
employ it for only one or two edged tools. 
For a sampling of production knives with 
S30V blades, see the above sidebar. 

Through stories written by Phil 
Wilson for the April, June and July 2002 
issues, BLADE® broke the story of 
S30V's rise in popularity among knife 
companies. The 2003 S.H.O.T. (Shooting 
Hunting Outdoor Trade) Show confirmed 
that S30V is being embraced by many of 
the industry's major players. 

"With steel like 

this, it does take 

longer to achieve 

sharpness. 95 

— Sal Glesser 

"Its greatest qualities are in its homog- 
enous grain structure and proper combina- 
tion of elements," Glesser says. "Crucible 
[Steel] is to be commended for its research 
and development of CPM S30V There is 
sufficient chrome and nitrogen in its 
makeup to provide good corrosion resist- 
ance for such a high-carbon steel. 

"The cutting tests we perform are done 
on our CATRA machine," Glesser adds. 
"We've tested many, many blade steels and 
have gathered considerable data for 
comparison. CPM S30V tested better than 
CPM S60V, BG-42, any of the ATS's and 
VG-10 in sharpness and edge retention. In 
serrated-blade form, the graph was nearly 

34 /BLADE 


The Microtech UMS is a working/utility, 
auto-opening folder targeted toward mili- 
tary and law enforcement customers. The 
company touts the wear-resistant quality 
of the CPM S30V blade and the Mil-Spec, 
non-slip grip inlays on both sides of the 
6061-T6 aluminum handle. The UMS also 
features a stainless pocket clip and 
weighs approximately 5 ounces. Options 
include blade serrations, a polymer blade 
coating in two-tone black or green, or a 
stone-washed blade. MSRP: $165-$170, 
depending on blade configurations. 

flat, which means CPM S30V tested 
higher than any other serrated edge we've 
previously tested." 

Doug Hutchens of Lone Wolf Knives 
gives the steel his personal endorsement, 
saying, "We love it and the customers seem 
to love the way it performs. We have not 
submitted CPM S30V to controlled cutting 
tests on CATRA equipment, but are 
instead relying on data provided by 
Crucible, plus feedback I get from knife- 
maker Bill Harsey. Harsey did extensive 
testing on the Yarborough piece — the Chris 
Reeve Green Beret Knife — with amazing 
results, as long as the steel was heat treated 

Ductility and Toughness by Degrees 

"We follow procedures on heat-treat 
temperatures laid out by Crucible Steel," 
Hutchens continues. "We found out that 
even a 50-degree variant in the formulated 
heat-treat temperature makes a huge differ- 
ence in the steel's ductility and toughness." 
Designed by knifemaker Brian Tighe, 

the Lone Wolf Tighe-Tactical Folding 
Knife sports a 3.56-inch CPM S30V blade 
precision ground with a deep, false edge 
along the spine. According to Hutchens, 
even at a Rockwell hardness of 59-61 Re, 
the blade remains flexible and tough. The 
Tighe-Tactical is a locking-liner folder 
featuring a titanium handle, pocket clip 
and liners. The manufacturer's suggested 
retail price (MSRP): $279.99. 

Glesser points to S30V's only draw- 
back as being the initial cost of the steel, 
saying it is much higher than some of the 
other "super steels." He insists S30V is 
only slightly more difficult to grind than 
ATS-34 or VG-10, and that it seems to 
grind on a par with CPM S60V "The cost 
of using super steels in a knife generally 
adds a measurable increase," he says. "This 
is due, in part, to the cost of the steel. CPM 
S30V can run three-to-four times as much 
as other commonly used steels, partly due 
to processing costs." 

The Eric Glesser-designed Spyderco 
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One of the higher-end 
knives Chris Reeve Knives 
offers is a version of the 
Mnandi dressed in a CPM 
S30V blade, a titanium 
handle with mammoth-ivory 
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downward-curving tip. Other features 
include a large, royal-blue G-10 handle 
complete with finger grooves, and 
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MSRP: $119.95. 

Polishing, sharpening, grinding, 
drilling, chamfering and double discing are 
some of the blade manufacturing processes 
that run up the cost of using S30V as 
opposed to employing standard blade 
steels, Glesser notes. "We go through 
wheels and belts at a faster rate, and ream- 
ers don't last as long," he says. "The metal 
removal process becomes slower. Using a 
steel like CPM S30V can add anywhere 
from $10-$40, or more, to the retail price, 
depending on the size of the knife and 
labor involved in building the blade." 

"CPM S30V is extremely high in abra- 
sion resistance," Hutchens remarks. "The 
beveling of the blades is slower; it takes 
more coolant; it grinds more of the abra- 
sive wheel away. That's why you have to 
charge a premium. I'm thinking the price 
increase is 30-to-40 percent over other 
premium steels, and that includes process- 
ing. But the end product is just awesome." 

As far as sharpening S30V in the field, 
Glesser says, "The rule is: hard to dull, 
hard to sharpen. If I were going to sharpen 
it in the field, I would bring along some- 
thing like the Spyderco Sharpmaker or 
some form of diamond abrasive. With steel 
like this, it does take longer to achieve 

"The only complaints Lone Wolf has 
received have been from a few people who 
have tried to sharpen CPM S30V blades on 

36 /BLADE 


stones," Hutchens relates. "We tell them 
that, like other high-performance steels 
[and Hutchens includes 1 54CM and ATS- 
34 in the group], the only way to sharpen 
them is on a diamond or ceramic sharpen- 
ing system." 

High Cost of High Polish 

Hutchens also imparts that it can be diffi- 
cult to achieve an impeccable finish or 
high polish on an S30V blade, saying the 
steel is inherently grainy. 

"S30V is more difficult to grind and 
does not, according to everyone I've talked 
to, polish as well as some of the other 
high-grade steels," says Matt Conable of 
William Henry Knives. William Henry 
does not offer knives with S30V blades for 
several reasons. 

"It isn't any one 

thing that separates 

CPM S30V from 

other blade steels. 

It's everything put 

together in small 


— Chris Reeve 

"William Henry is arguably known for 
the best production blade finish in the 
industry. I will not mess around with blade 
steel that does not have exceptional finish- 
ing qualities," Conable states. "My posi- 
tion, and I'll probably take some heat for 
this, is that, if you have a blade steel that 
combines rust resistance and the ability to 
be hardened at 58 Rockwell or higher 
without being brittle, you have a tremen- 
dous blade material. In that category is 
440C, ATS-34, 154CM, D-2, BG-42 and 
the CPMs. 

"The other thing is that, every couple 
of years, the next, great blade steel comes 
around," Conable expounds. "Since I've 
been paying attention, the industry has 
jumped from 440C to ATS-34 to BG-42 to 
CPM 440V [S60V], and now to S30V. 
Give it two years, and it will be something 

Conable admits that, with his attention 
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sideline that is a footnote to performance, 
he will never lead in the development of 
greater blade steels. "I trust the experts 
whose job that is," he notes. 

"A fine, high-grade ATS-34 steel, heat 
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you don't attend to things like blade and 
edge geometry, you can make a complete 
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"So, my position is to understand as 
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cutting, and what makes blades of the same 
alloy at the same hardness perform differ- 
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"Every couple of 
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great blade steel 
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— Matt Conable 

Chris Reeve has completely different 
blade requirements. "What I want is tough- 
ness, sufficient edge retention and high 
corrosion resistance," he says. "It isn't any 
one thing that separates CPM S30V from 
other blade steels. It's everything put 
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toughness is 'x' percent better and its edge 
holding is 'x' percent better. 

"It's not light years ahead of BG-42," 
Reeve adds, "but I have to take into 
consideration all the little differences, 
update my product and stay ahead of the 

A Good All- Around Steel 

In short, Reeve considers S30V a good, all- 
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One of the higher-end knives Chris 
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Hutchens points out that there are other 
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effective or as practical to machine. "Until 
someone comes up with a better performer 
that doesn't cost as much as the space shut- 
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S30V, and I don't know what would make 
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"I've been pushing Crucible. I say it does- 
n't stop here. We need to keep modifying 
the material and keep it at the forefront of 
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■ profile in steel 

Meshejian's "Organic Carved Poniard" boasts an 
8 3/4-inch damascus blade of 200 layers of 1095 
and 4130 carbon steels. Overall length: 17 1/2 
inches. (Weyer photo) 

ardi Meshejian 

By Darby Neaves 

"I want to push the 

boundaries of what 

a knife is." 

— Mardi Meshejian 

42 / BLADE 


A dedicated artisan, ABS journeyman 
smith Mardi Meshejian is excep- 
tionally talented. This past April, I 
had the privilege of meeting him at the 
1 5th annual Batson Bladesmithing Sympo- 
sium and Knife Show in Bessemer, 
Alabama. I'm betting that, after reading 
this, you'll want to meet him, too. 

When I first talked with Mardi, it 
didn't take long for me to realize that the 
native New Yorker is very confident of 
who he is and where he's going. Here we 
were at a hammer-in with most in atten- 
dance known for making traditional 
knives — but not Mardi! He and his work 
are different. In a word, his knives are 
art — which should come as no surprise 
since his parents are both jewelers. 

Mardi 's love for making larger sculp- 
tural pieces and his lifelong interest in 
knives led him to combine the two in 1993. 
What made him make the transition to 


"When I first started going to knife 
shows, I was really impressed by the 
passion the knifemakers had for their art," 
he noted. "They weren't just selling things 
or making things, they had pride in their 
work. They were very open with informa- 
tion and techniques and are very genuine 

"I remember meeting Cleston Sinyard 
at a knife show. His work was so 'from the 
gut' and honest — it was different and beau- 
tiful. I like the way he puts everything into 
his steel and how proud he is of it. 

"I also remember seeing a knifemaker 
just give someone a knife. The person 
obviously couldn't afford the knife but was 
in love with it, so the knifemaker just gave 
it to her. His generosity was amazing. You 
don't see that type of thing in other busi- 
nesses. I constantly see makers donating 
knives and demonstrating their craft for 

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Another thing that influenced March's 
becoming a knifemaker was meeting Virgil 
England. "I'm a long-time Virgil England 
fan," he enthused. "When I finally got a 
chance to meet him, the advice he gave me 
as a new knifemaker was, 'Don't come into 
the business unless you have absolutely no 
other choice.' There was no better invita- 
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Mardi Meshejian 

Dept. BL9, 33 Elm 

Northport, NY 11731 

(631) 757-4541 

Specialties Fixed-blade creations 
meshing a variety of materials, ideas, 
cultures and eras 

Blade Steels Various carbon steels, 
damascus and a titanium laminate with 
two titanium alloys and a steel center 
forged together in the san-mai technique 
Handles Various ivories, natural and 
other substances 
Fittings Copper and titanium 
Miscellaneous He claims to be the 
only maker to have welded steel to 
titanium on a completed knife; excels 
at sculpting steel and shaping handle 
materials; winner of the 2001 
BLADEhandmade™ Award for best 
fantasy knife; ABS journeyman smith 
Price Ranges $300 to several thou- 
sand dollars and up 

Mardi took the introductory blade- 
smithing course at the Bill Moran School 
of Bladesmithing in Old Washington, 
Arkansas, in 1994 under the tutelage of 
ABS master smith and BLADE® field 
editor Wayne Goddard. The following 
week Meshejian took the damascus class 
from ABS master smith Keith Kilby. In 
1995, Mardi returned to Arkansas for the 
mosaic damascus class taught by ABS 

"If you always stick 
to your original 

plan, you can miss 

out on a lot of ideas 
and concepts." 

— Mardi Meshejian 

44 / BLADE 


master smith Steve Schwarzer. 

"I received a lot of information and 
encouragement just talking to many differ- 
ent knifemakers," Meshejian recalled, 
"especially ABS master smiths Steve 
Schwarzer, Hank Knickmeyer, Wayne 
Goddard and Joseph Szilaski." 

In 1998, Mardi took a swordsmithing 
class from ABS master smith Don Fogg at 
the John C. Campbell Folk School in 
Brasstown, North Carolina. Mardi has 
been blessed to have had such a group for 
teachers, and he related a specific incident 
involving one of them that had a signifi- 

"Some of my most 
interesting pieces 

evolved out of 
potential failures." 

— Mardi Meshejian 

A chain-saw damascus blade, titanium 
fittings, a fossil-walrus-ivory handle and 
a skakudo hibachi (guard) highlight 
Meshejian 's "Chain-saw Dirk." Overall 
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profile in steel 

Meshejian's kukri fighter sports a 6 1/2-inch 
blade of 5160 carbon steel, and titanium 
and copper fittings. The green tour- 
maline gemstone in the fossil- ^ 
walrus-ivory handle is set in 
14k gold. (Weyer photo) 

cant impact on him as a 


"In the class I took with Wayne 

Goddard, he talked about making 

chain- saw damascus and I thought it 

was so cool. To be able to transform 

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beautiful that will last a long time and be 
prized and treasured rather than 
discarded — I knew that's what I wanted to 
do," he said. "I especially like chain-saw 
damascus because of its randomness. I like 
that it used to be something else, and now 
it's in another form, a solid piece still 
retaining some of its original characteris- 
tics. Once I started making damascus, I 
lost interest in plain carbon steel. Damas- 
cus adds one more element of interest or 
pattern to the knife." 

It's said that knowledge shared and 
never used is wasted. Mardi used the 
knowledge he gained and it paid off when 
he won the awards for best fantasy knife at 
the 2001 BLADE Show and 2001 BLADE 
Show West. He won the 2001 Bladehand- 
made™ Award for best fantasy knife, too. 

I asked Mardi what he wants BLADE 
readers to know about him, his art and his 
inspirations. His answer is instructive. 

"Sometimes, I design a knife and I 
stick with the original design to the finish, 
but I let the knife evolve if it needs to," he 
began. "If you always stick to your origi- 
nal plan, you can miss out on a lot of ideas 
and concepts. 

"Serendipity is my friend. What may 
seem to be a flaw or accident may lead you 
into discovering something that you other- 
wise wouldn't have seen. Some of my most 
interesting pieces evolved out of potential 
failures. I never would have been able to 
design those pieces from scratch. It's more 
of an organic approach to design." 

If you're looking for knives as they have 
been, don't look for a Meshejian creation. 

"I want to push the boundaries of what 
a knife is," he observed. "I'm interested in 
making things I haven't seen before — but 
that's not to say that I don't draw inspira- 
tion from the traditional. I like elements 
from many different cultures and I don't 
see why they shouldn't be used together in 
an appealing manner. 

"For example," he continued, "on my 
D-guard tanto, I started with a lot of Japan- 
ese elements and, when I made the guard 
and handle, the visual balance was off. To 
combat this, I used the D-guard, which is 
an American style element. This allowed 
me to combine cultural elements and let 
the knife balance aesthetically. The aesthet- 
ics must be considered along with the 
weight and feel of the piece. It must 
remain functional." 

At least at this stage in his career, 
knifemaking burnout is far from a problem 
for Mardi. 

46 / BLADE 


"I find inspiration everywhere, from 
nature, to an old gear, to furniture, to a Dr. 
Seuss book — anything where the shape 
inspires me," he noted. "I start with a 
shape and make it into a knife instead of 
starting with a knife and giving it a shape. 

"I think it's important to reach and 
educate people. Knives aren't just tools; 

"I find inspiration 
everywhere, from 
nature, to an old 
gear, to furniture, to 
a Dr. Seuss book. 55 
— Mardi Meshejian 

they can be beautiful art and function in 
chorus. I hope that I can help people get 
past the stigma that knives have been 
given. I'd like to get people to understand 
that knives can be art and sculpture, too." 
Of the Meshejian pieces I inspected in 
April, he used titanium on each. How 
does he arrive at specific materials for 
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"I predominantly use copper and tita- 
nium for my fittings," he explained. "I 
have a great fascination for titanium and 
color. Titanium really broadens my color 
palette in addition to all the naturally 
colorful wood that's available. I'm inter- 

Under the watchful eye ofABS 
master smith Greg Neely (left), 
Meshejlan attempts the woven 
fiberglass mat slice during the 
cutting competition of the Batson 
Bladesmlthlng Symposium this 
past April In Bessemer, Alabama 


ested in creating with materials that 
complement the design. With titanium, I'm 
able to get intensely brilliant color but I 
also like the stubborn quality of the metal." 

Mardi claims to be the only maker to 
have welded steel to titanium on a 
completed knife. (Editor's note: In 1992, 
knifemaker Bill Buchner forge welded tita- 
nium and "other reactive metals" to create 
a blade laminate. Last year, Tom Ferry 
welded two different alloys of titanium to 
arrive at Timascus.) 

"I recently welded a titanium laminate 
with two titanium alloys and a steel center 
in the san-mai technique. I've been fanta- 

"I start with a 
shape and make it 

into a knife 

instead of starting 

with a knife and 

giving it a shape." 

— Mardi Meshejian 

48 / BLADE 


sizing about this for years, ever since I 
started making titanium fittings. I thought 
titanium damascus would be the coolest 
thing," he stressed. "Part of the attraction 
was that people said it couldn't be done in 
a small shop. I did it! When I hear some- 
one say, 'It can't be done!' I ask myself, 
Why not? I also love using fossil ivory and 
artifacts. The variety of color and patterns 
is endless. Each piece is like a painting." 

Mardi said he wants to continue 
working with titanium and damascus. He 
also plans to make folders in the near 
future. His prices start at $300 and climb 
as high as several thousand dollars. He's 
an interesting, intelligent and personable 
young man. If you have the chance, get to 
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Back when he let his hair grow, 
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guild directions 

Honoraries Eye Guild 
Show Giveaways 

By Alfred Pendray 
Guild president 

34th Annual Knifemakers' Guild Show will be July 11-13 in Orlando 

With the 34th Knifemakers' Guild 
Show set for July 11-13 at 
Marriott's Orlando World 
Center in Orlando, Florida, a question on 
the minds of the Guild's honorary 
members is Which four among them will 
win an annual giveaway knife? 

Every year the Guild asks four of its 
knifemaking members to furnish one knife 
each for the coming year's Guild Show 
advertising. The knifemaking members are 
selected by random drawing at the annual 
business meeting, which is held the Satur- 
day night of each Guild Show The knives 
the selected members make are in turn 
given away to the lucky honorary Guild 
members whose names are drawn at the 
completion of the following year's Guild 

All the honorary member must do to be 
eligible to win one of the knives is attend 

the show and drop a business card or slip 
of paper with his/her name, address and 
phone number on it in the box at the Guild 
table. (For the location of the Guild table, 
see the map in the official show program at 
the show.) Honorary members may place a 
card in the box each day they attend and 
don't have to be present at the time of the 
drawing to win. 

Become An Honorary & You Can Win! 

To become an honorary member, you must 
be sponsored by a voting or probationary 
member of the Guild. Even if you wait 
until this year's show to become an 
honorary member, you are still eligible for 
this year's knife drawings. Honorary Guild 
members are mainly collectors and a 
number of writers who support the knife- 
makers, promote handmade knives and 
advance the purpose of the Guild. Knife- 
makers are not eligible for honorary 


As usual, this year we have four fine 
knives for the honorary member giveaway. 
The knives will be displayed at the Guild 
table throughout the show. 

The knifemaking Guild members who 
are selected to make the giveaway pieces 
always put forth extra effort in fashioning 
the knives as best they can because the 
knives are publicized in Guild ads in the 
year leading up to and at the show, giving 
them great exposure. The makers and the 
descriptions of their knives are: 

Joe Hytovick built a beautiful integral 
interframe fixed blade with a double 
guard. Mike Yurco made a 440C fixed 
blade with a stabilized burl handle. The 
knife is serial numbered with a matching 
sheath. The only folder is by Bob Dozier, 
a locking liner with a damascus blade and 
an ivory handle. Daniel Cannady's small 
fixed blade is serial numbered and 

Mike Yurco fashioned a fixed blade (bottom) 
of 440C with a stabilized burl handle. A 
sheath is included. His address: Dept. BL9, 
POB 712, Canfield, OH 44406 (330) 533-4928. 
(PointSeven photo) 

Joe Hytovick's fixed-blade integral boasts a double 
guard. His address: Dept. BL9, 14872 SW 111th, 

Dunnellon, FL 34432 (800) 749-5339. (PointSeven photo) 

50 /BLADE 


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includes bolsters engraved with oak leaves 
and acorns, and comes with a sheath. 

Come by the Guild table and look the 
knives over. If you're an honorary member, 
drop a card in the box. Four lucky 
honorary members will be taking one knife 
each home. You could be one of them! 

The 34th Annual Knifemakers ' Guild Show 
will be held in the Canary Royal Ballroom 
of Marriott's Orlando World Center off 1-4, 
Exit 26A, in Orlando, Florida. Show hours 

will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Satur- 
day, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For 
more information, contact The Knifemak- 
ers' Guild, 13950 NE 20th St., Dept. BL9, 
Williston, FL 32696 (352) 528-6124 
phone/fax The 
Marriott Orlando World Center can be 
contacted inside the USA at (800) 621- 
0638, or outside the USA at (800) 228- 


Bob Dozier offers the only 
folder of the bunch, a lock- 
ing liner with a damascus 
blade. His address: Dept. 
BL9, FOB 1941, Spring- 
dale, AR 72765 (888) 823- 
0023. (PointSeven photo) 

Daniel Cannady's 
small fixed blade 
includes bolsters 
engraved with oak 
leaves and acorns. A 
sheath is part of the 
package. His address: 
Dept. BL9, Box 301, 
Allendale, SC 29810 
(803) 584-2813. (Point- 
Seven photo) 

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ranadii answer man 

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Sullivan Sheaths: 

The Whole Story 

By Pete Hamilton 
Past Randall Shop Foreman 

I've been asked many questions about Sullivan's 
Holster Shop. When did it start making sheaths for 
Randall Made Knives? What's the story on the 
sheaths with brown thread? What are the different 
markings that Sullivan's has used? To answer these 
questions, I went directly to the source. The follow- 
ing are quotes from Greg Gutcher, owner of Sulli- 
van's Holster Shop: 

"Sullivan's Holster Shop has been in business for 75 years. 
Ray Sullivan started the shop and ran it until 1980, when my 
wife, Fran, and I bought the business. 

"Sullivan's involvement with Randall Made Knives began 
sometime in 1986. Sullivan's had been sending Gary Randall 
samples of its work and had asked to become a sheathmaker 
for Randall Made. 

"In 1986, while on vacation, I visited the Randall shop and 

The history, mysterious 
"brown thread," exotics, 
markings — they're all here! 

met Gary Randall in person. At the time, Randall Made was 
considering using a different sheathmaker, so Gary Randall 
decided to try Sullivan's. The first sheath Sullivan made for 
Randall was for the Model 14 in a quantity of about 100 every 
other month or so. As time passed, Gary Randall would add 
another sheath to what already was being produced. In Decem- 
ber 1991, upon the death of John Johnson, owner of Randall's 
previous sheath supplier, the Sullivan shop was asked to take 
over sheath production for Randall Made. 

"As for the brown thread, Gary Randall and I had discussed 
in-depth a switch to a synthetic thread for added sheath 
strength. We also decided to have a special color thread made 
as an exclusive for Sullivan's. The thread would consist of one 

52 / BLADE 


Greg Gutcher of Sullivan's Holster Shop 
(right) chats with a customer at a past 
BLADE Show. Sullivan's makes the 
sheaths for Randall Made Knives. 

white strand and another strand, possibly 
brown, twisted together. Most threads are 
five individual strands twisted together to 
form a heavy thread. All the manufacturers 
that we contacted were unwilling to make 
the special thread, no matter how much of 
it we ordered. 

"At the time, it was decided to go to a 
solid brown thread instead of the contrast- 
ing white so that it would blend in with the 
color of the sheath leather. The order was 
for 40 pounds of the colored thread, which 
was about a year-and-a-half 's supply. The 
thread began appearing on Randall sheaths 
in 1998 and ran out in mid- '99. During 
this time there were somewhere between 
10,000-15,000 sheaths produced. The 
subsequent reorder was for an off-white 
synthetic thread that was stronger. The 
shade was similar to the shade of old 
linen. It remains in use today. 

"The markings on the Sullivan sheaths 
varied except for the standard sheath for 
the knife at the time of the order. The stan- 
dard-sheath stamp appears on the back of 
the sheath except for the Model "C," 
which appears on the front. 

"The first sheath 

Sullivan made for 

Randall was for 

the Model 14." 

— Greg Gutcher 


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also used on sheaths with 
exotic materials. 

"The standard Sullivan 
stamp is used on all custom 
Randall Made sheaths in 
situations where the knife 
hasn't been sent to the 
Sullivan shop. Turned side- 
ways, the standard stamp 
was used for a while to 
denote a stock Randall 
sheath for a knife other 
than a Randall. After a 
while it was decided to use 
another style of stamp to 
denote sheaths for knives 
other than Randalls. 

"There are three mark- 
ings that have been used on 
other Sullivan sheaths. One 
is a two-line stamp used for 
a long time to denote a 
stock sheath. The second 
one is a five-line stamp 
that denotes stock Randall 
sheaths. Both the two- and 
five-line stamps are on 
sheaths for knives other 
than Randalls or in 
instances where no knife 
had been sent in for fitting. 
These two stamps appear 
on these sheaths and no 

"The third stamp is in 
the shape of a star and is 
for standard knives other 
than Randalls. The star had 
a number stamped in the 
center that denoted the 
length of the knife's blade 
in inches. The stamp was 
used for about two 

Trivia Time 

Until the 1975 Randall catalo: 
were listed with the descript 


I I 

Illustration #1: 
This stamp appears on 
the back of most standard 
Sullivan sheaths for 
Randall knives, except for 
the Model "C" where it 
appears on the sheath's 
front. (Hamilton photo) 

Illustration #2: 
This dual stamp appears 
on customized Sullivan 
sheaths for Randall knives. 
(Hamilton photo) 

g, all prices 
ion of each 

knife. Beginning with the 
23rd printing in '75, the 
prices of all knives and 
extras were on a separate 
insert sheet. 

The cut-down tangs on 
the Models 14 and 15 
made the knives a little 
lighter in weight, and also 
made it possible for 
Randall to offer a wider 
variety of handle materials 
and shapes. This feature 
began in 1980. 

Randall Made joined 
the computer age in early 
1988. Some problems 
existed for a short period 
but, when all the bugs 
were worked out, a 
complete computer service 
went into effect and 
continues to this day. 

The Model 8 Trout and 
Bird was never available 
with a leather handle until 
2000. The leather handle 
began on the non-catalog 
list and is still listed that 

Model 18 
Knurled Handles 

The knurled handle feature 
on the Model 18 is shown 
in the color fold-out on 
page 24 and priced on the 
insert sheet of the new 
catalog (33rd printing). 

The feature was first 
illustrated in the 28th cata- 
log (1988). It was never 
included in the description 
of the Model 18 until '92 
(the 29th catalog) but still 
wasn't priced in the extra 
feature section. Instead, it 
was priced ($20) with the 
knives shown on the fold- 
out. It's still shown and 
priced this way today. 
I understand that there possibly will 
be a change in the representation of the 

54 /BLADE 


randall answer man 

randall answer man 

knurled-handle Model 1 8 in the next print- 
ing of the catalog. The price is still $20. 

Send your questions about all things 
Randall to: The Randall Answer Man, c/o 
BLADE®, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990, or contact 
the author at (850) 539-4320 fax (850) 
539-4992. Due to the large volume of 
questions, please be patient in receiving 
an answer. 


Illustration #3: 

The standard Sullivan stamp is used 
on all custom Randall Made sheaths 
when a knife hasn't been sent to the 
Sullivan shop for fitting. 
(Hamilton photo) 

Illustration #4: 

Clockwise from top: The stamp on 
stock Sullivan sheaths for knives other 
than Randalls; on Sullivan sheaths for 
standard knives other than Randalls; 
and on Sullivan/Randall sheaths for 
knives other than Randalls. 
(Hamilton photo) 

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Note: Shows marked with an asterisk (*) have knives as the main focus. Events marked with two asterisks 
are knifemaking ins tructionals /seminars, knife-throwing competitions, auctions, or other similar events. 
BLADE'S® "Show Calendar" also can be seen on BLADE'S Web site at 


July 11-13 Orlando, FL Knifemakers' Guild 
Show, Marriott's Orlando World Center. Contact 
Al Pendray, Dept. BL9, 13950 NE 20th, Willis- 
ton, FL 32696 (352) 528-6124.* 

July 16-18 El Cajon, CA Buck Collectors Club 
1 5th Anniversary Celebration, Buck Knives, Inc. 
Contact Larry Oden, Dept. BL9, 1112 Veach's, 
Peru, IN 46970** 

July 18-20 Missoula, MT 8th Annual Montana 
Knifemakers Association Show, Holiday Inn 
Parkside. Contact Darlene Weinand, Dept. BL9, 
14440 Harpers Bridge, Missoula, MT 59808 
(406) 543-0845.* 

July 25-26 Titusville, PA 3rd Annual Queen 
Cutlery Collectors Show, C.A.C. Hall. Contact 
the Queen Cutlery Collectors, Dept. BL9, POB 
109, Titusville, PA 16354 or Jennie Moore 
(Queen) (814) 827-3673 or Howard Drake (814) 

July 26-27 Auckland, New Zealand Auckland 
Knife Show, Parnell Community Center. 
Contact Brent Sandow 09 537-4166* 

June 27-29 Springfield, MO NKCA Spring- 
field Knife Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E- 
plex. Contact NKCA business office (423) 


Aug. 1-3 Austin, TX 5th Annual Central Texas 
Knife Show, Holiday Inn South. Contact Chris 
Carlson, Dept. BL9, 108 Johnson Cove, Hutto, 
TX 78634.* 

Aug. 8-10 Lexington, KY Central Kentucky 
Knife Club Show, Continental Inn. Contact 
CKKC, Dept. BL9, POB 55049, Lexington, KY 

Aug. 9-10 Wichita Falls, TX Texas Collectors 
Gun & Knife Show, Wichita Falls MPEC 
Exhibit Hall on 5th and Burnett Streets. Contact 
Texas Collectors Gun Shows (888) 695-3766. 

Aug. 15-17 Denver, CO 11th Annual Profes- 
sional Knifemakers Association Show, Holiday 
Inn-DIA. Contact Jason King (785) 449-2638* 

Aug. 16-17 Palo Alto, CA 24th Annual Bay 
Area Knife Collectors Association Show, 
Ricky's Hyatt. Call (510) 797-6247 or (925) 

Aug 16-17 Salem, OR Great Northwest Knife 
Show, The Grand Ballroom. Contact Kim (800) 

Aug. 22-23 Winston-Salem, NC Tar Heel 
Cutlery Club Show, the Elks Lodge. Contact 
George Manuel, Dept. BL9, 3682 Bowens, 
Tobaccoville, NC 27050 (336) 924-6876.* 

Aug. 22-24 Fruitport, MI 3rd Annual ABS 
Scagel Blade Forging and Knife Exposition. 
Contact Jim Batson (256) 971-6860.** 


Sept. 5-6 Johannesburg, South Africa Knife- 
makers' Guild of Southern Africa Show, Gold 
Reef City Theme Park. Contact the show chair- 
man 27 13 661 1654, * 

Sept. 6 Lebanon, MO 9th Annual Case Cele- 
bration in the Ozarks. Contact Shepherd Hills 
Cutlery (800) 727-4643* 

Sept. 6-7 Winston-Salem, NC Southeastern 
Custom Knife Show, Benton Convention Center 
Ballroom. Contact Tommy McNabb, Dept. BL9, 
4015 Brownsboro, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 
(336) 759-0640* 

Sept. 12-14 Oak Lawn, IL 24th Annual AECA 
Knife Show, Oak Lawn Community Pavilion. 
Contact Louis Jamison or Ernie at (800) 785- 
9830 or (219) 844-1911 LJamison@interac- or* 

Sept. 12-14 Mesquite, TX Knives Illustrated 
Spirit of Steel Show, Mesquite Convention 
Center. Contact Bruce Voyles, Dept. BL9, POB 
22007, Chattanooga, TN 37422 * 

Sept. 19-21 Ontario, CA NEW SITE! BLADE 
Show West, Ontario Convention Center. Site of 
the 2003 BLADEhandmade™ Awards, best in 
handmade, factory, antique and military knives, 
knife collections, seminars and much more. 
Contact BLADE Show West, 700 E. State, Iola, 
WI 54990-0001 (877) 746-9757, Mary Lutz, 
ext. 313, fax (715) 445-4087 * 

Sept. 19-21 Louisville, KY NKCA Louisville 
Fall Knife Show. Contact NKCA, Dept. BL9, 
POB 21070, Chattanooga, TN 37424 (423) 892- 

Sept. 20 Charlestown, RI Cove Cutlery Ltd. 
7th Annual Custom Knife Show, junction of Rt. 
1 and 216. Contact Ron (401) 322-1311 
www. covecutlery com . * 

Sept. 20-21 Frankfurt, Germany German 
Exhibition in Frankfurt-Hoeschst, the Jahrhun- 
derthalle. E-mail, Web 


Oct. 4 Tampa, FL 6th Annual Florida Knife- 
makers Association Show, Holiday Inn, City 
Centre. Contact Dan Mink, Dept. BL9, POB 
861, Crystal Beach, FL 34681 (727) 786-5408 
dbmink@ij .net, * 

Oct. 4-5 Puyallup, WA NWKC Washington 
Knife Show, Western Washington Fairgrounds. 
Contact Larry Hogan, Dept. BL9, 1911 SW 
Campus Dr., Ste. 271, Federal Way, WA 98023 
(253) 927-3909* 

Oct. 10-11 Edgerton, WI Annual Fall Knife 
Show of the Northern Lakes Knife Co., Tri- 
County Community Center. Contact Bob 
Schrap, Dept. BL9, 7024 W Wells, Wauwatosa, 
WI 53213 (414) 771-6472* 

Oct. 10-12 Frederick, MD Bill Moran Blade 
Forging Demonstrations and Forged Blade 
Show. Contact the ABS, attn: J. DuBois, Dept. 
BL9, POB 1481, Cypress, TX 77410-1481 (281) 

Oct. 18-19 Tulsa, OK Wanenmacher's Tulsa 
Arms Show, Expo Square, Tulsa Fairgrounds. 
Contact Wanenmacher's Tulsa Gun Show, Dept. 
BL9, POB 33201, Tulsa, OK 74153 (918) 492- 

Oct. 19 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Cana- 
dian Knifemakers Guild Fall Show, Days Inn 
Toronto Airport. Contact Paul H. Johnston (519) 
453-4586 or Peter Wile (902) 543-1373* 

Oct. 24-26 Wilmington, OH NKCA Ohio 
Knife Show. Contact NKCA, Dept. BL9, POB 
21070, Chattanooga, TN 37424 (423) 892- 

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epitome of an integral folding knife — the blade, handle 
and clip almost seem to be one and the same — the origi- 
nal Columbia River Knife & Tool K.I.S.S. designed by Ed 
Halligan was the Blade Magazine 1998 Imported Knife Of 
The Year.® Ironically, the folder, which has become a best 
seller, originally was rejected by a number of 
companies before CRKT agreed 
to reproduce it. 

Some of the most successful factory 
models originally were passed over by 
a number of knife companies 

by James Ayres 

There are few more classic success stories in the knife 
business than Ed Halligan's K.I.S.S. design for Columbia 
River Knife & Tool. The principals involved are, from left, 
CRKT's Rod Bremer, Halligan and CRKT's Paul Gille- 
spie. The occasion is the 1998 BLADE Show, where the 
K.I.S.S. was named the Blade Magazine Imported Knife 
Of The Year®. That's the award trophy on the counter 
before Halligan. Look hard and you can see the K.f.S>S>. 

folder to the left of it. (photo courtesy Rod Bremerj 

58 /BLADE 


The original CRKT K.I.S.S. now comes 
in 26 versions and/or extensions. 
Among them are, from top: the 24k- 
gold black-Teflon®-plated K.I.S.S.; the 
24k-gold-plated K.I.S.S.; K.I.S.S. 
In The Dark; P.E.C.K. In The 
Dark; and Delilah's 

An obsession with almost any knife 
company official worth his weight 
in sharp steel is brainstorming a 
new model that will be a sales leader for 
years to come. Few knives, knife mecha- 
nisms or multi-tools have enjoyed such 
good fortune. Three that have are the 
Columbia River Knife & Tool K.I.S.S., the 
Kershaw Speed-Safe assisted-opening 
mechanism and the Leatherman Tool. Each 
has spelled record success and enormous 
profits for the companies in question. 

What's ironic is that each piece origi- 
nally was rejected by a number of big- 
name knife companies, rejections that no 
doubt have those same companies kicking 
themselves in the collective keister to this 
day. Identifying those companies would 
serve no purpose here other than to add to 
the regrets they have over the greenbacks 
they could be counting now instead of "the 
other guys." 

Speed-Safe At Home 

Ken Onion, designer of Kershaw's patented 
Speed- Safe, has been a custom knifemaker 
for many years. He had long wanted to 
make something that would render a folder 
easier to use. After much experimentation, 
he produced a prototype and showed it to 
Stan Fujisaka, his knifemaking mentor. 

Onion said Stan liked the concept. 
Acting on Fujisaka 's advice, Ken applied 
for and received a provisional patent for 

his invention and took it to show to indus- 
try officials at the SHOT (Shooting, 
Hunting, Outdoor, Trade) Show. While 
there, he was immediately besieged by 
many of those officials. Some of them 
reviewed Ken's prototype and asked their 
lawyers whether the new mechanism 
violated any laws. 

"One 'expert' told 

him it would 

never sell." 

— the author 

Some factories decided that though 
they believed the design wasn't illegal in 
any way, they didn't want to approach a 
product that might have some controversy 
attached to it. While deliberations were 
ongoing in various corporate suites, a 
honcho from Kershaw hopped a flight to 
Hawaii to meet Ken and bought production 
rights to the Speed-Safe. 

Total time elapsed from debut of proto- 
type to deal: nine months. The rest is 
history, including the Kershaw Model 1510 
Random Task with the Speed-Safe being 

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voted the Blade Magazine 1998 American- 
Made Knife Of The Year®. Today, the 
Speed-Safe appears on any number of 
additional Kershaw models, with at least 
two of them having been named Blade 
Magazine Knives Of The Year® in the 

Meanwhile, fame, fortune, all the 
things many dream about seemed to be 
Onion's. It was all easy, right? Well, maybe 
it wasn't so easy. Who is Ken Onion? 
Where did the idea originate? 

Ken is more than a knifemaker — he's 
also an inventor, machinist, designer of 
robots, and an ex-Marine who devised a 
helicopter modification that he said was 
adapted for use by the military. As a kid, he 
built his own motorcycles from bins of 
used parts, fashioning a half-dozen motor- 
bikes before he was old enough for a 
driver's license. In fact, he rode them in 
local races, winning quite a few. 

Onion has been solving mechanical 
problems all his life. The Speed- Safe was 
the result of years of work, thought and 
experimentation, not something he created 
on a dull afternoon and then got lucky by 
landing a contract with Kershaw. 

"Four times a year 

when the quarterly 

checks come in, I 

just look up at it 

and smile." 

— Ed Halligan 


Ed Halligan, designer of the wildly 
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He's an ABS master smith and has fash- 
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One day he was tinkering with some 
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task of making a folder with the fewest 
possible parts. The K.I.S.S. — for "Keep It 
Super Simple" — was the result. 

After getting the prototype in working 
order, he made a dozen, took them to the 
Las Vegas Classic Knife Show and sold 
them all. He made another couple dozen 
for the BLADE Show and sold 21 before 
the show opened. 

He knew he was onto something and 
approached a number of factories with the 

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design. The response was lukewarm. One 
"expert" told him it would never sell. 

Then CRKT, a relatively new company 
at the time, entered the picture. Company 
officials saw the K.I.S.S. at the BLADE 
Show and said they "could do something 
with it." Ed signed a deal and the CRKT 
K.I.S.S. was on the market within a few 
months. It was voted the Blade Magazine 
1998 Imported Knife Of The Year® and 
remains one of the most successful factory 
knives ever, with CRKT offering it in a 
diverse selection of models and designs. 

Ed built the K.I.S.S. prototype and the 
CRKT K.I.S.S. went into production in 
five months. Today, he keeps the original 
K.I.S.S. under a glass dome on his desk. 
"Four times a year when the quarterly 
checks come in," Halligan said with a 
wink, "I just look up at it and smile." 

Magic Multi-Tool 

Many know what a Leatherman Tool is. 
Just about everybody's got one, too, it 
seems. But many people don't know that 
the Leatherman Tool is named for its 
inventor, Tim Leatherman. 

"That's the 

dumbest thing I've 

ever seen!" 

— a knife company 

CEO about the 
Leatherman Tool 

In 1975, Tim and his young wife went 
to Europe. He had a few bucks in his 
pocket and a desire to see something of the 
world. He bought a Fiat 600 for $300 in 
Amsterdam and toured Europe for almost a 
year in the tiny car. He had a great time. 
He also spent many hours working on the 
car to keep it running. A Fiat 600 is about 
the size and shape of a large beach ball — 
not much room in it. There wasn't much 
money in Tim's jeans, either. His only tools 
were a Swiss Army knife and a pair of 
pliers. "Hmm," he thought, "what if I had a 
combination Swiss Army knife/pliers? 
That would be the ideal, do-everything 

Back in the USA, Tim went to work on 
a prototype of his idea. He filed for and 
received a patent in 1978. Then he offered 
the design to every knife company he 

62 / BLADE 


could find, which was about every knife 
company in the country. No one wanted it. 
He spent years trying to sell the design to 
one knife company after another. Said one 
knife company CEO of Tim's design, 
"That's the dumbest thing I've ever seen!" 
Another knife company official told 
Leatherman, "This isn't a knife, it's a tool." 
Not one to be discouraged by a few 
years of rejection, Tim was off to the tool 
companies, where he tried more door 
knocking and experienced more rejection. 
One tool company executive said, "This 
isn't a tool, It's a gadget." 

"I thought I had 

a pocketknife 

with pliers but 

customers saw it 

as a tool with a 

knife blade." 

— Tim Leatherman 

Then, Tim's college pal, Steve Berliner, 
joined forces with him. They designed a 
brochure on the knife/tool/gadget and went 
to a catalog company that sold knives, 
tools and gadgets. The people at Early 
Winters offered some suggestions to make 
the knife/tool/gadget a little less compli- 
cated and a little less expensive. Tim went 
along with the suggestions and, after seven 
years of working with no reward and seven 
years of determination in the face of rejec- 
tion, he had his first order. 

Since no knife tool or gadget factory 
would produce Leatherman 's invention, 
Tim and Steve set up their own production 
facility in 1983. Soon it was receiving re- 
orders from Early Winters and orders from 
Cabela's. "I thought I had a pocketknife 
with pliers," Tim recalled, "but the 
customers saw it as a tool with a knife 
blade." A new market developed for a 
product that didn't even have a name, 
much less a contemporary category in 
which to place it. 

Today, on its 20th anniversary, Leather- 
man Tool Co. is bigger than a number of 
the companies that originally rejected the 
"pocketknife with pliers." And, as with the 
Speed-Safe and K.I.S.S., the company 
offers a wide selection of Leatherman Tool 
models. Meanwhile, multi-tools are a 
staple of many of today's knife companies. 
How many of them turned Leatherman 
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With its Speed-Safe assisted-open- 
ing mechanism designed by knife- 
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Random Task copped the Blade 
Magazine 1998 American-Made 
Knife Of The Year®. Before 
Kershaw signed a deal with Onion 
to manufacture the knife, a number 
of other companies rejected the 
design because they thought the 
Speed-Safe was too controversial. 

The original Leatherman Tool debuted in 1983, but not 
before Tim Leatherman offered the design to many big- 
name knife companies. He got no takers. One company 
executive went so far as to say of the design, "That's the 
dumbest thing I've ever seen." Now, multi-tools are near 
or at the top of the list of the best-selling items of several 
knife companies — several of which probably were among 
those who originally rejected Leatherman 's design. 

64 /BLADE 



Coolidge Was Right 

Though their paths to success were differ- 
ent, there's one thing Onion, Halligan and 
Leatherman all have in common. It's a 
quality shared by everyone who must over- 
come great odds to succeed. Calvin 
Coolidge said it best: 

"Nothing in this 

world can take 

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By Richard D. White 

No. 95 

Is the switchblade the most misunder- 
stood knife of all time? Probably. 
Whether it is or not is debatable but 
one thing that's not debatable is that 
antique versions of the legendary knife are 
highly collectible and fascinating examples 
of American ingenuity 

The switchblade has been described as 
a knife whose blade springs open automat- 
ically when an external button or switch is 
depressed. It was in 1958, after fierce pres- 
sure by local law enforcement officials, 
that Congress passed legislation, and Presi- 
dent Dwight Eisenhower signed into law, a 

Four 1920s-'40s switchblades are, from top: a fishtail jack handled in candy stripe 
celluloid made by George Schrade Knife Co. and stamped "Presto"; a one-blade 
model in mottled blue celluloid stamped "Fly lock" made by Challenge Cutlery, proba- 
bly in the 1920s; a two-blade Schrade Cutlery knife with imitation tortoise celluloid 
handles, probably made In the 1930s or early '40s; and a one-blade Presto brand In 
candystrlpe celluloid made by George Schrade Knife Co. (White photo) 

68 /BLADE 

ban on the sale and interstate transporta- 
tion of switchblades. Since then, additional 
legislation has been passed that declares it 
illegal in most states to own the knives. 

In spite of the prohibitions, switch- 
blades — or push-buttons or, as contempo- 
rary versions are commonly called, 
automatics — have continued to generate a 
tremendous amount of collector interest, 
and are the subject of well-established Web 
sites and at least one publication. Despite 
the well-known legislation passed to keep 
them out of the hands of the American 
public, switchblades are actively sought. 
The obvious question is Why has this knife 
continued to be of such interest and 
intrigue to a significant number of collec- 

Perhaps the answer lies partially in the 
switchblade's colorful history, use by vari- 
ous military branches, glamorization 
through various movies and accounts, and 
overall innovative design features. Despite 
the anxiety the knives have produced 
through the years as a "weapon of destruc- 
tion used only by crazed gang members," 
the controversial cutlery specimen is in a 
league of its own when it comes to special- 
ized features and collector interest. 
Contrary to the hysteria they once 
produced and continue to engender in 
some quarters, switchblades have literally 
proven themselves to be life savers on the 
field of battle. 


Antique Switchblade Values* 

Knife Value 

Remington R8055, 3 3/8", onyx celluloid $450 

Remington R8065, 3 1/2", imitation tortoise cell. $450 

Remington R8069, 3 1/2", sterling metal $450 

Case 91210 1/2, 3 3/8", Tested XX, imit. onyx $500 

Case 6 1 6 1 L, Tested XX, greenbone, hinge release $ 1 ,200 

Schrade Cutlery, 3 3/8", double switch, imit. tort. cell. $200 

Flylock Knife Co., 3 3/8", various cell. $150 

George Schrade, fishtail jack, candy stripe cell. $300 

George Schrade, Presto, 4 1/4", peachseed bone $450 

George Schrade, military, peachseed $525 

George Schrade, military, folding guard, peachseed $650 

Shapleigh Diamond Edge, 3 1/2", cell. $300 

*All values are the author s for knives in excellent or near-mint condition, with full 
blades and handles in excellent condition. The handles must exhibit no cracks, deterio- 
ration or shrinkage of material. The mechanism must open freely and be fully opera- 
tional, with the blades locking in both the open and closed positions. The blades 
should not stand up above the body of the knife in the closed position. Knives that 
exhibit any of the described defects, including noticeable blade wear or handle mate- 
rial cracking or breaks, must be priced at least 50 percent less than the listed values. 

Press Button Knife Co. 

The concept of a knife that could be 
opened with one hand was developed by 
George Schrade, who founded the Press 
Button Knife Co. in New York City in 
1893, and later the Schrade Cutlery Co. in 
Walden, New York, in 1904. 

Three rare and mint-condition military switchblades with 
push buttons and locking mechanisms clearly visible are, 
from left: a Schrade Walden in a jigged, peachseed bone 
handle; one marked "Presto" and made by George 
Schrade Knife Co., with a patent date of Jan. 30, 1940, a 
mainstay of such military models; and a folding-guard 
example by Schrade Walden. (White photo) 

Schrade 's patent described a knife that 
wouldn't accidentally open while in the 
closed position in a pants pocket, could be 
opened with one hand, and which wouldn't 
close on a person's fingers when in use. In 
1916, after years of development and inno- 
vations, Schrade patented another switch- 
blade called the "Flylock." 

After working for Chal- 
lenge Cutlery Co. during 
the '20s, Schrade contin- 
ued to modify and improve 
his switchblade mecha- 
nisms, which he then 
patented through the late 
'30s. One of his last 
patents, granted in 1937, 
was for a switchblade 
known as a ball pull. The 
small knife was opened by 
pulling a small colored 
ball. An internal spring 
opened the knife when the 
blade was released. 

Early switchblades are 
true works of art. Those 
marked with the "Flylock," 
"Presto" or "Schrade 
Cutlery Co." name were 
frequently handled in 
jigged bone, generally 
described as "peachseed 
bone," and were large, 
sturdy knives with 
outstanding mechanisms. 
Etched on the blades of 
many of these early hunt- 
ing-style knives were such 
words as "The Victor," 
"Dominator" and "Invinci- 

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blades are quite large, reaching almost 5 
inches closed, and almost 9 inches open. 
The finely crafted knives contain rather 
complicated mechanisms, including an 
external push button, sliding lock and a 
blade that locks both open and closed. 
Powered by an internal spring that's 
compressed when the knife is closed, the 
automatic knives are a marvel of technical 
development and worthy of several differ- 
ent patents, which George Schrade was 
careful to obtain. 

"Switchblades have 
literally proven them- 
selves to be life savers 
on the field of battle." 

— the author 

Among the most desirable are those 
produced with a folding guard. The knives 
have an integral guard attached to the 
blade that lays parallel to the blade when 
the knife is closed. Depress the push 
button, the blade flies open, and the fold- 
ing guard swings out and locks into place. 

In addition to larger vintage switch- 
blades, there are a number of smaller ones. 
At around 3 3/4 inches long, the smaller 
models can be found with the button in the 
bolster or in the handle material. In addi- 
tion, the knives come with a sliding lock or 
without a locking mechanism. 

Early switchblades were advertised as 
having an "alternate" opening mechanism 
to the common nail nick, which required a 
strong thumbnail to open. For people with 
broken or brittle fingernails, ladies with 
long, painted nails, those wearing gloves, 
and those with only one arm, the tradi- 
tional nail nick was a poor way to open a 

Switchblades were so popular that 
many large companies offered them, 
including Case, KA-BAR, Schrade 
Cutlery, Schrade Walden, Press Button 
Knife Co., Shapleigh Diamond Edge, 
Imperial, Camillus (military), and Colo- 
nial. Remington, one of America's largest 
knife companies of the 1930s, made 
several different models, including the 
R8053, R8055, R8065, R8063 and R8069. 
All of the Remington knives are extremely 
rare and valuable, especially in mint or 
near-mint condition. 

Most of the early production switch- 
blades contain two blades, with push 
buttons and locking mechanisms opposing 
each other on either end of the knife. On 

70 / BLADE 


A closeup of a Schrade folding-guard switchblade shows how the guard folds against 
the side of the bone handle when the knife is in the closed position. The bottom of the 
decorative guard nestles in small indentations in the bone handle. The Jigging of the 
bone, called peachseed, is clearly evident. (White photo) 

some models, the smaller of the two blades 
is a combination nail file and manicure 

A majority of the smaller antique 
switchblades are handled in celluloid in a 
variety of colors. The most popular include 
a light-colored celluloid called cracked ice, 
though examples frequently can be found 
in the ever-popular candystripe and imita- 
tion tortoise. Some companies produced 
the knives handled in ornately engraved 
sterling silver and jigged bone. Due in part 
to the knives' popularity, the celluloid 
handles often were embossed with 
company advertisements or names of indi- 
viduals. Probably given to loyal customers 
by various businesses, they were no doubt 
a popular giveaway item. A one-blade-and- 
letter-opener combination is particularly 
noteworthy. Several different companies 
produced versions, all of which are quite 
rare today. 

"Early switchblades 
are true works of art." 

— the author 

The popularity of switchblades contin- 
ued into the 1950s, including the produc- 
tion of inexpensively made shell-handle 
varieties, generally styled like the Texas 
toothpick or fish-tail jack made by Imper- 
ial and Colonial. It was common to see 
young boys playing with their switch- 
blades, snapping them open and closed 
until the mechanisms wore out. For the 
most part, the 1958 legislation effectively 
closed the chapter on the cheaply made 

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In addition to the scores of young Ameri- 
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U.S. military that saw the real advantages 

for a well-made knife which could be 
opened automatically with one hand. 

Imagine a paratrooper hanging from a 
tree with one arm tangled in parachute 
shroud lines. In an attempt to provide the 
World War II fighting soldier with not only 
an effective combat weapon but a valuable 
life-saving tool, the U.S. military adopted 
the switchblade as standard issue among 
certain combat units. 

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Bridgeport," came in a couple of different 
sizes, and were handled in jigged bone. 
Later models include those made by 
Schrade Cutlery Co. In addition to bone 
handles, the knives generally had a bail so 
that they could be attached to a lanyard 
and in turn attached to a soldier's uniform. 
Some of the early knives had a hawkbill- 
shaped blade that was specially adept at 
cutting parachute shroud lines. As World 
War II continued, cost-reduction measures 
were taken and the switchblades were 
produced with stamped metal handles 
painted black. The jigging pattern present 
on earlier models was stamped into the 
metal handles. 

"Among the most 
desirable are those 
produced with a fold- 
ing guard." — the 


Ironically, in 1958, the same year as 
the legislation outlawing switchblades was 
passed, the U.S. military adopted another 
set of switchblades for use by certain 
designated military personnel. The model 
adopted was the MC-1 Survival Knife. 
Handled in bright, luminescent orange, the 
knife contained a master blade that opened 
by pushing a button located on the side of 
the handle, and included a second oppos- 
ing blade, a curved, shroud-cutting pattern 
for parachutists. Three different companies 
produced the orange survival knife: 
Schrade Walden, Camillus and 
Logan/Smyth. All of the knives are practi- 
cally identical, with a bail opposite the 
master blade. The bright color of the knife 
makes it easier to find if lost. Unlike 
earlier switchblades, they don't have a 
front bolster — an attempt at cutting 
production costs, no doubt. 

The success of switchblades in combat 
has been documented through the diaries 
and letters of eyewitnesses. Countless 
stories have been written about how the 
knives have saved the lives of soldiers 
tangled in parachute lines, branches and 
other debris. Testimonial letters also have 
been written by sailors who used the 
knives to cut lifeboats free from tangled 
ship lines, thus avoiding fatalities. The 
switchblade's ability to open and lock 
quickly made it the optimum tool for 
rescuing trapped fighting men. 

Has the attraction of switchblades 


diminished because of the prohibitions 
against them that still exist? One answer 
may lie in an examination of recent Inter- 
net auctions. Though there have been 
attempts at banning the knives from Web 
auctions, they still appear quite frequently 
and command surprisingly lucrative prices, 
even for the inexpensive shell-handle vari- 
eties made in the '50s. If the auction prices 
are any measure of collector interest, then 
antique switchblades are still extremely 
popular. Another answer lies in the 
plethora of contemporary factory and 
handmade automatics that are sold in large 

Collectors who find an antique switch- 
blade should consider themselves lucky to 
own one of America's most interesting and 
historically important cutlery innovations. 
Switchblades stand proudly, along with 
other specialized cutlery specimens, as 
necessary additions to a complete collec- 

Editor's note: The possession, transporta- 
tion and sale of certain types of knives — 
including antique switchblades — is 
restricted or prohibited by some federal, 
state and local laws. BLADE® and 
Krause Publications, Inc., rely on the fact 
that users, collectors, retailers, advertisers 
and purveyors are expected to know and 
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Three examples of the military switch- 
blades known as the MC-1 Survival 
Knife are handled in brilliant orange, 
jigged plastic and are marked, from 
right: Camillus, Schrade Walden and 
Logan/Smyth, Venice, Florida. In addi- 
tion to the master blade — all shown in 
the open position — the knives also have 
a shroud-cutting blade which can be 
seen in the closed position on the oppo- 
site end of each. All have bails, which 
allowed the knife to be attached to 
uniforms and life and flight jackets. 
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The 30 leading cutlery movements in the magazine's ' 
three decades are a history in themselves 


By Steve Shackleford 

Ron Lake popular- 
ized the handmade 
his latest shown here- 
in the early 1970s, and 
the folder continues to 
be emulated today in 
staggering numbers. 
Consisting of whatever 
handle maieriatlhe-maker^ 
desires inset into the 
handle frame, the folder still 
looks hot over three decades 
later. (PointSeven photo) 


HUNTER popularized by 
Bob Loveless was the first great 
modern handmade trend and remains a staple today. 
With a point "dropping" just below the apex of the blade spine 
and a curved belly for game dressing, it may be the most copied hand- 
made design of all time. (Weyer photo) 


Popularized by Ted Dowell, the handmade INTEGRAL FIXED BLADE is based on one 
piece of steel that, by its very design, is one of the strongest knives made. Grind away 
everything that doesn't look like a knife and add a couple of handle slabs and some 
engraving — or not, depending on the whim — and there you have it! (Weyer photo) 

trend n. 1. A direction of movement; 
course: the trend of a line. 2. A general 
inclination or tendency: a trend to more 
fuel-efficient automobiles. 

The object herein is to identify the 30 
leading knife trends reported by 
BLADE® over the 30 years of its 
existence. Of course, there have been more 
than 30 major trends in that time but we 
had to have a cut-off point somewhere — 
and what better point than 30 on BLADE "s 
30th anniversary? 

The trends are presented in a rough 
chronological order, and are limited to those 
that have had dramatic and long-lasting 
impacts on significant segments of either or 
both of the handmade and factory industries. 
Incidentally, the word popularized as 
used herein doesn't necessarily mean that 

the person, knife, mechanism, material, 
etc., so identified invented or inaugurated 
the trend, but that the beginning of the 
trend's popularity can be traced in large 
part to that person, knife, etc. Moreover, 
some of the illustrations used are subse- 
quent examples of the trends and not 
necessarily the first instances of the trends. 
There's a certain amount of overlap 
between some of the trends, such as Cali- 
fornia knife reproductions and reproduc- 
tions in general, LinerLocks™ and knife 
mechanisms, and so forth. However, repros 
of California knives have flourished for so 
long and continue to be made in such large 
numbers that they stand apart from, say, 
the repros of sgian dubhs. Linerlocks, 
meanwhile, were embraced in such whole- 
sale fashion by both the handmade and 
factory industries at such a key point in the 

industries' collective development — in the 
late '80s and early '90s — -that they get 
special mention here. 

Some of the trends may predate 
BLADE slightly, but their impact, .was still 
being felt when the magazine began and are 
included as a result. As for trends that can 
be traced to well before BLADE s incep- 
tion, they are omitted. Who knows? They 
may provide the fuel for a future story*-^^^ 

Of course, there's no way we've identi- 
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BLADE's® 30-year history. Let us know 
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For the contact information for the ^knives 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em" on * 
. page 97. 


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his pattern-welded blades there. Little did he — 
or anybody, for that matter — know that the 
ancient art of damascus would capture the 
Imagination of people both In and out of 
the handmade Industry and plant the 
seed for today's largest organlza- 
^^ tion of knlfemakers: the Amerl- 
*j\ . can Bladesmlth Society. 
mL. (Weyer photo) 


The CALIFORNIA KNIFE— which took Its name from the 
elegant fixed blade blrthed by the California Gold Rush of* 
1848-50 — was reproduced by a few In the 1970s and continues 
to be recreated today, here by Buster Warenskl In gold quartz 
and jasper. (PointSeven photo) 

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REPRODUCTIONS of knives from the 
past — from classic designs such as 
the Roman gladius to antique 
bowies and everything in- 
between — have flourished since 
the '70s, here in a contempo- 
rary repro of a Samuel Bell 
bowie by Ron Newtdn. 
j(PointSeven photo)/ 

The emergence of the 
generally traced to Al Mar 
Knives — gave rise to a new 
breed of knife companies. Many 
of the companies farmed their 
knife operations out overseas 
and offered fresh, distinctive 
designs that they could tailor 
more to customer demand with- 
out the constraints of existing 
tooling and other limitations 
inherent in the manufacturing 
sector of the time. Here's Mar's 
most famous knife — the original 
SERE folder. 



One of the main ideas behind LIMITED-EDITION KNIVES— whether in 
the form of commemoratives or knife club knives — was to offer such 
pieces in low numbers, thus "manufacturing" rarity and, it was 
hoped, immediate demand and collectibility. It worked with a few 
pieces, such as the original Remington Bullet reproduction in 1982. 
This is an ABC A (now IBCA) club knife — a repro of an Anglo-Saxon 
whittler from Fight'n Rooster. 

With its toothy sawback, hollow handle and spartan appearance, the Jimmy Lile 
Rambo SURVIVAL KNIFE popularized a style and Jump-started a trend that seemed 
as if it would never stop — and, for most of the 1980s and early '90s, it didn't. 

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One of the most ubiquitous of knives/ the LIGHTWEIGHT, 
BLACK PLASTIC FOLDER revolutionized the factory knife 
industry in the mid-1980s, providing a feather-light yet hardy 
cutter at an eminently affordable price. Leading the charge was 
the Gerber LST (Lightweight, Strong, Tough). 

The Americanized 
version of the 
TANTO — one with a 
squared-ofTtip — took 
hold in the early -to- 
mid '80s with the help of 
such cutlers as Bob Lum, 
maker of this representa- 
tive example, and knife 
companies like Cold Steel. 
The style continues today, with 
many makers opting for a more 
traditional curved Japanese-style 
tip. (Weyer photo) 

The handmade ART 
KNIFE came to promi- 
nence in the 1980s and 
no oneprought it to life 
quite like W-W. Cronkj^^ 
who also made some 
fabulous fantasy 
pieces. The best of art 
knives are almost all 
exquisite composites of 
rich handle materials 
and sculpted steel. 
(Weyer photo) 

A factory knife with a hole in 
the blade and serrations and a 
pocket clip — for lack of a 
better descriptive term, the 
something in the early '80s 
that's emulated in one form or 
another to this day. Here's the 
first of the genre: the 
Spyderco Mariner. 


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Though they'd been 

around for many 


seemed to explode In 

numbers In the late 

'80s and early '90s, 

bringing handmade 

and other knives to a 

growing audience of 

cutlery enthusiasts 

hungry for knives 

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Now, hardly a week 

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Michael Walker Introduced his LINERLOCK™ 
In the early 1980s but It wasn't until the late 
'80s that the folder-locking mechanism 
appeared In droves on handmade and, 
later, factory knives. Walker eventu- 
ally had the name LlnerLock 
trademarked. Here's one of his 
more recent zlpper-bladed, 
anodlzed beauties. 
(PointSeven photo) 

The latest stainless steels, Micarta®, 

Stellite®, Kraton®, Zytel®, Kydex®, tita 

nium, G-10, carbon fiber, Talonite®, 

Timascus — no matter what the 

substance, a revolution in KNIFE 

MATERIALS has had the knife 

industry in its grip since 

before^BJ-ADE's inception 

and continues to do so 

today. A contemporary 

result of that revolution 

is Brad Duncan's 

folder in titanium, 

carbon fiber and a 

blade of'Sharpfu- 

sion/Stellite6K®." > 



Circa 1990, the knife 1 indus- 
try began its advance to 
the proverbial "next level" 
when the factory and 
handmade sectors started 
collaborating in significant 
numbers, with examples of 
the result. A more contem- 
porary example is the Air 
Frame, a collaboration 
between Gerber and knife- 
maker-WiHiam Harsey. 

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Though other versions of MULTI-TOOLS 

predated it by almost a century, none of 

them had the versatility of the Leatherman 

Tool when it first appeared in 1983. 

However, the factory multi-tool 

trend really didn't sprout 

wings until the early 

'90s. Thjs is 

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patterns in the steel, can be 
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Steve Schwarzer. Here's 
an example of Steve's 
"stuff." Though it had 
existed for years, the 
process caught on 
with leading 
beginning in 
the mid-to- 
late 1990s. 

Above: Introducing perhaps more people to 
handmade, factory, antique and other knives than 
any other medium in history, the INTERNET 
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values were perceived, as well as the way knives 
were made, marketed and bought and sold — and 
continues to do so to this day. 

The latest in FOLDER MECHANISMS have been around since 
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the Paul Knife and Rolox, and appearance of, among others, 
the Strut 'n' Cut, Wave, Speed-Safe, ROBO mechanism, Tab 
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cate, small and elegant, and in an 
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Below: Though hammer-ins have been around for over ■ 
boomed in recent years with an increase in ABS blade- 
smithing hammer-ins, seminars and symposiums, and 
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Mackrill Knives 66 

Mantis Swords 66 

Magnum USA 85 

Marlowe, Charles 92 

Martin Knives 66 

Marzitelli Custom Knives 73 

Masecraft Supply 84 

Masters Of Defense Knife Co. 


Matthews Cutlery 88 

McCann, Bill 88 

McGowan Manufacturing Co. 

McLean, Lawrence 89 

Mercworx 23 

Michael O'Machearly 93 

Microtech 37 

Mission Knives & Tools 81 

Moore Cutlery 66, 81 

Moteng International, Inc 28 

Mother Of Pearl Company ....33 

Muir & McDonald 123 

Museum Replicas, Limited 
66, 131 


National Knife Distributors 


NCTool Company 92 

Nealy, Bud 113 

Nemesis Knives 81 

Newsletter 86 

Nordic Knives 110 

Ontario Knife/Queen Cutlery ..7 

Osborne, Warren 65 

OSO Grande Knife & Tool ....65 

Palacio Enterprises, Inc 91 

Paragon Industries 69 

Paragon Sporting Goods 81 

Pardue, Joe 49, 66, 72 

Pardue, Mel 66 

Phantom Knives 66 

Phillips Publications 89 

Plaza Cutlery 87 

Primo Knives 66, 89 

Pro Cut 5 

R & J Cutlery 72 

Ralph, Darrel 66 

Randall King Knives 26 

Randall Made Knives 86 

Reba's Enterprises 86 

Red Hill Corporation 91 

Reddick Enterprises 88 

Riverside Machine 92 

Rogers, Ray 66 

S4 Supply 66 

Schrap, Bob 66 

Scotia Metalwork 91 

Sentry Solutions, Ltd 71 

Seto Cutlery 84 

Seto Knife 90 

Shark Bite Knives 66 

Sharper Things 47, 66 

Sheffield Knifemakers Sply, 

Inc 90 

Simonich Knives, LLC 107 

Smoky Mountain Knife Works, 

Inc 71 

SOG Specialty Knives, Inc. 

90, 103 

Southeastern Custom Knife 

Show 107 

Spartan Cutlery 66, 90 

Spyderco 44 

St. Amour, Murray 89 

Stout Stuff 66 

Szilaski, Joseph 107 

Taylor Cutlery 44 

Texas Knifemakers Supply. ...61 

Third Reich Depot 86 

Timberline Knives 126 

Tippman Industrial Products 


Toledo Swords, USA 59 

Tom Ferry Knives 90 

Tomahawks by Edgar 66 

Tops 85,87, 91, 93 

Treestump Leather 87 

Triple Aught Design 66 

Tru-Grit 65 

Tru-Hone Corporation 86 

True North Knives 27, 66 

Twelve Bravo Marketing. .55, 75 


United Cutlery 15 

Universal Agencies 66 


Vagnino, Michael 88 

Valor Corp 66 

Vinny's Knives 66 


W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. 


Whitman, Jim 66 

Wild Boar Blades-Kopromed, 

USA 55 

William Henry Knives 5 

Where To Net 'Em 66 

World Of Knives 107 

Willy B. Custom Sticks/Picks.. 66 
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Yukon Bay 66 

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what's new 

Buffalo Horn Grip 
Carved To Resemble 
A Hawk's Head 

Gary Root's knife features a 
buffalo-horn handle carved, in 
the form of a hawk's head, by 
Dave Marlatt. It is complemented by a 
bronze spacer, an etched bronze guard and 
a multi-layer blade with an 0-1 core 
enveloped in gold colored damascus by 
Raymond Rybar Jr. 

For more information contact Gary 
Root, Dept. BL9, 644 E. 14th St., Erie, PA 

Paua Shell Defines 
New Sgian Dubh 

Rex Robinson unveils a sgian dubh 
with a CPM S60V blade, an ebony 
handle and a paua shell inlay. 
For more information contact Rex 
Robinson, Dept. BL9, 1569 N. Finley Pt., 
Poison, MT 59860 (406) 887-2259. 

United Introduces 
Harley Lockback 

United Cutlery's new Harley-David- 
son lockback sports a 440 stain- 
less steel blade laser-etched with 
the Harley logo, and an aluminum handle 
boasting a rubber insert. 

For more information contact United, 
attn: K. Rae, Dept. BL9, 1425 United Blvd., 
Sevierville, TN 37876 (800) 548-0835. 

Aftermath Features 
A 5 1/2-Inch Blade 

Camillus teams with Darrel Ralph on 
the Aftermath, an assisted-opening 
folder parading a 5 1/2-inch D-2 
blade, a carved-titanium handle and a 
stainless-steel pocket clip. 

For more information contact Camillus, 
attn: J. Furgal, Dept. BL9, 54 Main St., 
Camillus, NY 13031 (315)672-8111. 

Xikar Folder Has 
Aluminum Frame 

The Xikar 188 Extreme sports an 
anodized-aluminum frame, a 
Z60CDV14 stainless steel blade, and 
a choice of a G- 10 or cocobolo handle. 

For more information contact Xikar, 
attn: K. Van Keppel, Dept. BL9, 1600 
Genessee St., Ste. 353, Kansas City, MO 

Damascus Hunting 
Knife Dons Stag 

Jockl Greiss fashions a damascus 
hunting knife with an integral damas- 
cus guard and a stag handle. 
For more information contact Jockl 
Greiss, Dept. BL9, Obere Muhlstr. 5, 73252, 
Gutenberg, Germany (+49) 7026 3224. 

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what's new 

Multi-Tool Offered 
With Mini Mag-Lite 

Victorinox debuts the Trailmaster 
multi-tool including a one-hand- 
opening blade, a saw, screw- 
drivers, a Mini Mag-Lite and more. 

For more information contact Swiss 
Army Brands, attn: J. Rinder, Dept. BL9, 1 
Research Dr., Shelton, CT 06497 (203) 

Pocketknife Pair 
Parades Damascus 

Two pocketknives from Kenneth 
Pfeiffer employ twist-damascus 
blades, 14k-gold pins, emerald and 
sapphire insets and black-lip-mother-of- 
pearl handles. 

For more information contact Kenneth 
Pfeiffer, Dept. BL9, POB 551, Hagaman, 
NY 12086 (518) 842-7018. 

Knife Set Includes 
Skinner And Caper 

Scot Horton's skinner and caping knife 
set incorporates California-buckeye- 
burl handles and ATS-34 blades. 
For more information contact Scot 
Horton, Dept. BL9, POB 451, Buhl, ID 

Buck Revolution-XT 
Sports Integral Clip 


puck's Revolution-XT is a folding 
^knife with a 3-inch, partially 
serrated, drop-point blade, an 
anodized aluminum handle and an integral 
gear clip on the butt end of the tang. 

For more information contact Buck, 
attn: C.J. Buck, Dept. BL9, POB 1267, El 
Cajon, CA 92020 (800) 326-2825. 

Tigersharp Debuts 
Gent's Folder Line 

The new gent's folders from Tiger- 
sharp Technologies employ replace- 
able blades and many handle choices. 
For more information contact Tiger- 
sharp, attn: C. Head, Dept. BL9, 1002 N. 
Central Expy., Ste. 499, Richardson, TX 

Multi-Blades Have 
Jigged-Bone Grips 

Rick Nowland's multi-blades show- 
case ATS-34 blades, 416 stainless 
steel bolsters and green- or honey- 
jigged-bone handles. 

For more information contact Rick 
Nowland, Dept. BL9, 3677 E. Bonnie Rd., 
Waltonville, IL 62894 (618) 279-3270. 


BLADE/ 101 

your knife rights 

By Judge Lowell Bray 
BLADE® field editor 

Right To Bear Arms: One 
Court's Opinion Part VIII 

The court sides with the individual right to keep and bear arms 

In the continuing examination of United 
States v. Emerson, this and next 
month's installments of "Your Knife 
Rights" follows the U.S. Court of Appeals, 
5th District, as it considers the history of 
how the Second Amendment was drafted 
and purposed. This time, the court finds 
that the history of the amendment is 
consistent with the theory that the right to 
keep and bear arms is an individual one 
enjoyed by each private person — what the 
court calls the individual rights model. 

James Madison 

On June 8, 1 789, Virginia Congressman 
James Madison proposed several alter- 
ations to the Constitution in the First 
Congress. In his address to the House, 
Madison explained his rationale in 
proposing the changes: 

"I wish, among other reasons why 
something should be done, that those 
who have been friendly to the adoption 
of this constitution may have the oppor- 
tunity of proving to those who were 
opposed to it that they were as sincerely 
devoted to liberty and a Republican 
Government as those who charged them 
with wishing the adoption of this consti- 
tution in order to lay the foundation of 
an aristocracy or despotism. 

"It will be a desirable thing to extin- 
guish from the bosom of every member 
of the community, any apprehension that 
there are those among his countrymen 
who wish to deprive them of the liberty 
for which they valiantly fought ana 
honorably bled. And if there are amend- 
ments desired of such a nature as will 

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not injure the constitution, and they can 
be ingrafted so as to give satisfaction to 
the doubting part of our fellow-citizens, 
the friends of the Federal Government 
will evince that spirit of deference and 
concession for which they have hitherto 
been distinguished. 

"The use of a militia is 
to prevent the estab- 
lishment of a standing 
army, the bane of 
liberty." — Elbridge 

"I should be unwilling to see a door 
opened for a re-consideration of the 
whole structure of the Government— for 
a reconsideration of the principles and 
the substance of the powers given — 
because I doubt, if such a door were 
opened, we should be very likely to stop 
at that point which would be safe to the 
Government itself. But I do wish to see a 
door opened to consider, so far as to 
incorporate those provisions for the secu- 
rity of rights, against which I believe no 
serious objection has been made by any 
class of our constituents such as would 
be likely to meet with the concurrence of 
two-thirds of both Houses, and with the 
approbation of three-fourths of the State 
Legislatures/ 7 

Madison proposed to insert, in Arti- 
cle I, Section 9, between its Clauses 3 

and 4, the following clause (among 

"The right of the people to keep and 
bear arms shall not be infringed; a well 
armed and well regulated militia being 
the best security of a free country; but no 
person religiously scrupulous or bearing 
arms shall be compelled to render mili- 
tary service in person/ 7 

Article I, Section 9 contains nothing 
but restrictions upon the power of the 
federal government; and its Clauses 2 
and 3 relate only to individual rights 
(habeas corpus, bill of attainder and ex 
post facto). Madison's proposal was 
eventually submitted to a House commit- 
tee of eleven members, of which Madi- 
son was one. That committee issued its 
report on July 28, 1 789. The clause that 
would become the Second Amendment 
then read: 

"A well regulated militia, composed 
of the body of the people, being the best 
security of a free state, the right of the 
people to keep and bear arms shall not 
be infringed, but no person religiously 
scrupulous shall be compelled to bear 
arms/ 7 

Elbridge Gerry 

The House began its consideration of 
what would become the Second Amend- 
ment on August 1 7, 1 789. Congressman 
[Elbridge] Gerry moved to strike the reli- 
giously scrupulous exemption. This 
motion was defeated by a vote of 24-22; 
however, this language would later be 
dropped by the Senate. 

Opponents of the individual rights 


your knife rights 

model find hope in the initial appear- 
ance of the religiously scrupulous exemp- 
tion and comments made by 
Congressman Gerry in attempting to 
excise it. They argue that because "bear 
arms" has a military connotation in the 
religiously scrupulous clause, it necessar- 
ily carries the same meaning in the 
substantive guarantee. This construction 
is supported, we are told, by Gerry's 
objection. Gerry feared that the federal 
government would use the clause to 
destroy the militia by declaring a large 
number of people religiously scrupulous 
and, therefore, ineligible for militia serv- 
ice. This would pave the way for oppres- 
sion by the federal government's 
standing army. 

"Whenever govern- 
ments invade the 
rights and liberties of 
the people, they always 
attempt to destroy the 
militia. 95 — Elbridge 

[As Gerry noted:] "This declaration 
of rights, I take it, is intended to secure 
the people against the mal-administra- 
tion of the Government; if we could 
suppose that, in all cases, the rights of 
the people would be attended to, the 
occasion for guards of this kind would 
be removed. Now, I am apprehensive, 
sir, that this clause would give an oppor- 
tunity to the people in power to destroy 
the constitution itself. They can declare 
who are those religiously scrupulous, 
and prevent them from bearing arms. 

"What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is 
to prevent the establishment of a stand- 
ing army, the bane of liberty. Now, it 
must be evident, that, under this provi- 
sion, together with their other powers, 
Congress could take such measures, with 
respect to a militia, as to make a stand- 
ing army necessary. Whenever govern- 
ments mean to invade the rights and 
liberties of the people, they always 
attempt to destroy the militia, in order to 
raise an army upon their ruins." 

Gerry concluded by proclaiming, 
"[N]ow, if we give a discretionary power 
to exclude those from militia duty who 
have religious scruples, we may as well 
make no provision on this head." The 
inference urged is that the only purpose 

of the substantive guarantee was to 
secure the right of militia members to 
bear arms in a military context. This 
interpretation of Gerry's statements 
appears somewhat strained. 

We think that Gerry's comments 
manifested his opinion that: 1 ) it takes a 
well regulated militia, not the mere 
private possession of firearms, to obviate 
the need for a standing army; and 2) an 
armed populace offers much less protec- 
tion against a standing army than a well 
regulated militia. 

If Gerry saw any conflict between the 
amendment's substantive guarantee and 
the destruction of the militia which was 
supposedly enabled by the religiously 
scrupulous clause, he did not say so. In 
fact, Gerry's objection assumes that the 
amendment does not increase state 
power over the militia and that the 
preamble is but a philosophical declara- 
tion as to the necessity of a well regu- 
lated militia. 

Gerry's concern was directed to the 
creation of a standing army; he does not 
express any worry that the feared purg- 
of the rolls of the militia woufd 


enable the federal government to confis- 
cate privately owned firearms, no doubt 
because the substantive guarantee 
applies to all the people, not just those 
that at a given time might comprise the 
militia. Properly understood, Gerry's 
remarks are not inconsistent with the 
individual rights view of the Second 

The quotations from the preceding are 
taken from United States v. Emerson 279 F. 
3d 203 (5th Cir. 2001). Footnotes and cita- 
tions have been omitted for the sake of 

Next month, "Your Knife Rights" will 
examine the completion of the drafting of 
the amendment as it takes its final form — 
the form that survives today. 

The author has been a lawyer since 1972 
and a judge since 1983. He's also a jour- 
neyman smith in the American Bladesmith 
Society, a voting member of The Knifemak- 
ers ' Guild and a charter member of the 
Florida Knifemakers Association. 




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knifemaker showcase 

"Knifemaker Showcase" spotlights the photographs of knives sent by any and all custom knifemakers to BLADE® for filing in the Knifemakers Archive. 

The Knifemakers Archive is the most complete collection of knifemakers' knives and information in the world. If you are a custom knifemaker and 

have not sent us a photo (the better quality the photo, the better chance it has of getting in the magazine), write to: BLADE, c/o Krause Publications, 

700 E. State, lola, Wl 54990 Please include a close-up mug shot of yourself with your knife picture. 

Kirby Krupa 

In 1987, Kirby Krupa apprenticed under West Texas blade- 
smith Dale Evans and says he has since passed on his knowl- 
edge to five other men. "Knifemaking is like therapy Creating 
a tool of function and beauty from raw materials never ceases 
to amaze me," relates Krupa, who fashions hunters, bowies, 
fighters and tantos. "I do my own engraving and make hand- 
tooled leather sheaths," he adds. Krupa's version of a Bob 

Loveless drop-point hunter 
(left) employs a 440C blade 
and a composite-mastodon- 
ivory handle. Krupa's list price 
for the knife and sheath: $450. 
His address: Dept. BL9, 1834B 
Potosi Rd., Abilene, TX 79602 
(915) 698-3053 krupa® 


Charles Wallingford started 
making knives in the early 
1980s after admiring Joe 
Keeslar's work. "My inter- 
est in flintlock shooting 
inspired me to build 18th- and 19th-century - 
style knives," he notes. "My primary interest is 
in patch knives, rifleman's knives and old 
daggers." The fixed blade (right) is forged from 
5160 round stock and has an integral bolster, a 
stag handle, and leather, fiber and brass spacers. 
Wallingford's list prices range from $125-$350. 
His address: Dept. BL9, 9024 U.S. 42, Union, 
KY 41091 (859) 384-4141 

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"With the many tech- 
niques a knifemaker has 
to master, the art and 
craft of building knives 
offers a lifetime of chal- 
lenges," remarks Bill 
Saindon. A full-time 
maker since 1991, he 
specializes in building 
folders with special open- 
ing and locking mechanisms. "I prefer to use natural handle materials and the finest 
damascus available," he notes. The symmetrical, latch-release, auto-opening dagger 
(above, right) sports a Robert Eggerling damascus blade, carved Eggerling damascus 
bolsters, and a mother-of-pearl handle. Saindon 's list price: $5,550. His address: Dept. 
BL9, 233 Rand Pond Rd., Goshen, NH 03752 (603) 863-1874. (PointSeven photo) 





Mark Steinbrecher 
ventured into knifemak- 
ing 14 years ago and 
soon became captivated 
by the challenge of fash- 
ioning folding knives. He 
won the American Edge 
Collectors Association 
(AECA) Best New 
Knifemaker award in 
1995 and, for a similar 
piece as that shown at right, the 
AECA Best Folder Award in 
2002. "I enjoy the relationships 
I've formed with other knife- 
makers, dealers and customers," 
he says. "I've been encouraged 
and inspired by Gene Johnson, 
R.B. Johnson, Matthew Lerch and Mike Zscherny." The 
button-release folding dagger features a 4 5/8 -inch Robert 
Eggerling damascus blade, carved Eggerling damascus 
bolsters and a mastodon-ivory handle. Steinbrecher's list 
price: $2,400. His address: Dept. BL9, 4725 Locust Ave., 
Glenview, IL 60025 (847) 298-5721. (PointSeven photo) 



Stephen Olszewski 

A 30-year background in sculpting and jewelry making and design has 
been an advantage to Stephen Olszewski in building art folders. "I love 
how a handmade folder is a great and lasting example of form and 
function," he says. Olszewski's preferred knifemaking materials 
include damascus, titanium, fossil walrus and 
mammoth ivories, and mother-of-pearl. "I like to 
embellish some knives with gold and precious 
stones, to deep-relief carve and to build figurals," he 
adds. The Art-Nouveau Hummingbird (below) is a 
I locking-liner folder parading a Jerry Rados ladder- 
pattern-damascus blade and rear bolsters, a Robert 
Eggerling damascus front 
bolster, a carved blue-and-green 
; mammoth-ivory handle, and 
gold-inlaid "hummingbird 
eyes." Olszewski's list price: 
. $6,500. His address: Dept. BL9, 
1820 Harkney Hill Rd., Coven- 
try, RI 02816 (401) 397-4774. 

Harald Sellevold 

Knifemaker Harald Sellevold, whose specialty is crafting 
upscale Norwegian knives with silver ferrules and leather 
sheaths, travels to knife shows in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and 
Norway each year. "My interest in knives began as a kid," Sellevold says. "My father 
worked in a tool shop, so I had access to saw blades from which to make knives. 
Author Thomas Breivik wrote books on Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish knives and, 
as a friend, started me on the road to creating my own knife style." The bowie (above) 
sports a Russian birch handle and a D-2 blade. Sellevold's list price, including a 
sheath: $550. His address: Dept. BL9, POB 4134 Dreggen, N5835 Bergen, Norway 
(+55) 31 06 82 (Tocci [knife] photo, Tveit [maker] photo) 




In the silver brazing of the 

pommel-to-pommel nut, apply 

oxygen/acetylene heat from below 

to melt the brazing metal. When the 

braze goes liquid, place the flame 

on the nut and around the weld. 

(Herndon photo) 


In the conclusion, 

the author explains 

the pommel 

assembly, a 

successful joint 

bond, and sequence 

soldering and 


By Bill Herndon 
BL ADE® corresponde nt 

^^ 7 ou should now have a clean, 

%/ completed solder joint between the 

| blade and guard, with a fine line of 

solder in the seam completely 

around the joint. Don't quench the 

joint! When the solder is solid, remove the 

jig, air cool to warm, and wash the whole 

thing down with soap and water, and dry. 

Remove the excess solder with a brass 

graver (chisel) on both sides. Brass won't 

scratch the steel. If the guard is made of 
brass, be careful! 

Buff the joint with a small buffer on the 
hand grinder or with a thin buffing wheel 
on the big buffer. (WARNING: The buffer 
is the most dangerous tool in the shop! It 
will grab a blade and throw it at you. Be 

The Pommel 

Brazing the pommel nut to the pommel 
requires oxygen/acetylene for the heat, a 
high-temperature, silver-brazing metal 
such as Harris Safety Silv 1200°F- 

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Cadmium Free, and Harris high-tempera- 
ture Stay-Silv Flux. 

Square off the end of the nut — a 1/4- 
inch-by-20-tpi (Threads Per Inch)-by-l- 
inch-long coupler nut — so that it will sit at 
an angle of 90 degrees on the pommel 
steel. Most such nuts are sold with zinc 
coating. Grind the zinc off the end of the 
nut where the braze will be. (WARNING: 
Zinc fumes may result. The fumes are 
poisonous! Don 't breathe them. Wear a 
mask with fume filters.) 

Clean and flatten the pommel on both 
sides on a flat platen or disc sander. Locate 
and scribe the center line lengthwise of the 
pommel steel. Determine the position of 
the nut on the pommel in relation to the 
tang on the blade and handle — back to 
front. The distance from the nut to the 
back of the pommel (the edge side of the 
blade) probably will be greater than the 
distance from the nut to the front edge of 
the pommel (the back of the blade). 

"Heat the top of the 
nut briefly but keep 

the flame from 

touching the brazing 


— the author 

Brazing Nut to Pommel 

Silver (high-temperature-oxygen/acety- 
lene) braze the pommel to the nut. Place 
the guard in the vise-lock pliers and then 
clamp the pliers close to the edge to avoid 
heat loss to the pliers. Clamp the vise 
pliers in the big vise with the scribed face 
up. The end of the coupler nut must be 
squared in the lathe or on the grinder with 
the clean end dipped in high-temperature 
flux. Be sure the nut has been ground on 
the joint end or sanded to remove the zinc 
plating on the nut. (WARNING: See 
above warning on the dangers of zinc 

Dip the ground end of the nut in the 
flux and place the nut in position over the 
scribed lines. Move the nut around some to 
spread the flux on the centerlines. The nut 
must sit at a 90-degree angle on the 

Drop small bits of brazing metal 
dipped in high-temperature brazing flux 
inside the nut. Cut short pieces of silver 
braze and place them around the outside of 
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position — such clamping can be diffi- 
cult — you may have to reposition it. The 
boiling flux will move the nut but reposi- 
tioning it back on center isn't difficult. 

Apply the heat from below. Place the 
oxygen/acetylene flame (slightly + torch 
pressure on the acetylene) under the 
pommel and nut. Heat the top of the nut 
briefly but keep the flame from touching 
the brazing metal. Use a circular motion 
to heat the top of the nut, then back to the 
pommel evenly from below until the 
silver braze flows. A slight overheating is 
OK in this instance. Remember: The point 
of the inner flame is the hottest. The 
pommel metal and nut will blacken 
except where the flux prevents oxidation, 
and then it will turn red before the braze 

Don 't quench or rapid cool — it will 
weaken the joint. Wire brush the joint to 
clean it. 

Slow Cooling 

The slow cooling of the bonded joint, as 
confirmed by Harris experts, increases 
the strength of the joint. When dealing 
with two or three different metals to be 
soldered or brazed, you must understand 
that each metal has its own heating/cool- 
ing-expansion/contraction rate. The ther- 
mal shock of a rapid cooling or 
quenching of the soldered or brazed joint 
will weaken the joint. 

Slow cool, wire brush, etch or whatever 
it takes to get it clean on the joint side. Only 
a flat, relatively clean surface is required on 
the nut side, since the other side has to be 
ground to shape later. You may spray with 
water to solidify the visible part of the joint, 
but don't cool it any further. 

Sequence Soldering/Brazing 

Sequence soldering/brazing is not directly 
related to soldering a guard but is useful 
for metal sheaths. Jewelers who 
solder/braze pieces with many parts that 
have many joints must use the sequence 
braze/solder method. They may start with 
a high-temperature (such as 1,350°F) 
brazing metal for the first joint and, with 
each successive joint, go to the next- 
lowest-temperature (1,250°F) brazing 
metal, and solder to a lower-and-lower 
temperature joint. This way, the jeweler 
never destroys the previous joint because 
the heat for the subsequent joint will be 
lower. This is one way to attach a cap or 
throat and the frog to a metal sheath with- 

When the solder is solid, remove the 

jig, air cool to warm, and wash the 

whole thing down with soap and water, 

and dry. (Herndon photo) 

out destroying the other joints between 
the two halves of the sheath and the cap. 
There are lots of ways to do it but this 
method leaves you a clean joint and seam. 


Much later, after gluing and assembling 
the blade, guard and handle, shape the 
pommel, guard and handle at the same 
time. Cool the handle frequently during 
shaping. The braze metal joint is rated at 
50,000 pounds per square inch (psi), and 
the guard joint is close to a quarter square 
inch. This will give you something near a 
2,500 psi joint. I usually tighten the nut in 
place with a wrench, at which time I can 
tell exactly how strong the joint is. 

Tips In General 

Soldering the guard with the blade tip up 
allows the solder to flow everywhere on 
the face of the blade side of the guard and 
makes for a messy cleanup. In addition, 
overheating will create problems and 
extra work. If you overheat the guard too 
much, the solder won't stick anywhere. 
Uneven heat may result in the solder 
sticking to the blade only and not the 
tang. Voids in the joint capture excess 
acid residue from the flux and/or moisture 
that later will seep out and etch or rust the 
blade. This is a common occurrence. The 
voids inside the joint allow liquids to seep 
in and can cause rust, which may destroy 

the knife. This is the reason for the irriga- 
tion canals in the joint. (For more on the 
irrigation canals, see the second install- 
ment of this story in the August 
BLADE®.) The soldering iron works but 
the heat transfer on a large guard is slow. 

From an old newsletter, I found that 
D.E. Henry used a 225-watt soldering 
iron with special tips but tinned — which 
consists of heating the metal and applying 
a light coat of solder to the joint area — 
the joint before assembling and reheating 
to solder. It's tough to do with a tight joint 
but Henry was a master. 


There are all sorts of welding methods, 
including flame, electrical and explosive. 
Most common among the flame methods 
is oxygen/acetylene. Most common 
among the electrical ones are stick (arc); 
MIG wire (fed with inert gas); TIG 
(Tungsten Inert Gas); induction (spot 
welding); and some new ones beyond the 
financial means of most knifemakers. 

Spot welders are used by some of the 
folder makers. Oxygen/acetylene and 
stick welding are used by most makers, 
wire-fed welders with a gas to stop oxida- 
tion/scale are used by some, and a fortu- 
nate few have TIG welders (usually argon 
or nitrogen gas.) Oxygen/acetylene, wire 
and TIG are great with metal sheaths. 

TIG is "king" and will weld most any 
metal, but it's expensive. You may need 
the big machine to do the small work. 
Such machines are getting smaller but not 
much cheaper. Bolsters can be welded to 
the blade with the TIG machine, though 
it's done before heat treating. 

Want to know more? Check out the 
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Handbook by 
William H. Minnick and published by The 
Goodheart-Wilcox Co., Inc. The ISBN 
number for the book is 0-87006-975-6. 

Talk to someone who knows before 
you get too involved. If you don't 
research your equipment and projects, the 
water can get deep very fast — and it's a 
hard way to learn to swim. Just go for it! 
I've tried to make the water shallow so 
you won't drown. Get wet. You can do it! 

For more information about 
soldering/brazing, contact Bill Herndon, 
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108 /BLADE 


spec sheet 

a By MSG Kim Breed 
5m Special Forces Group (retired) 

You Can't Open It Just Oncef 

The assisted-opening SOG Blink is an addictive boy toy that cuts 
with the big boys 


I very now and then you come across 
I something that catches your eye and 
I you have to have it. Unfortunately, 
most of the time that "something" is too 
expensive or your better half is giving you 
the evil-eye/dog-house look over it. 

With the new Blink, SOG Specialty 
Knives has managed to kill two birds with 
one stone. The knife is inexpensive enough 
so that you can buy two — one for you and 
one for the better half to keep everyone 
happy. Other people will try to "acquire" it 

The Blink's 2. 125-inch blade made 52 cuts on the half-inch hemp 
rope — way above what the author expected from a gent's knife. 

from you, also. How do I know this? Let 
me explain. 

I received the Blink from SOG and 
gave it a quick once over before heading 
into the shop for the "Spec Sheet" test. My 
best friend, Gary, comes home and sees the 
knife on the table — which is no big deal 
until I go to play with it and show it to 
him. But wait — there's nothing but an 
empty box left on the table. That #@%% 
Gary! I go into my living room and 
confront him. With a sheepish grin on his 
face, he asks, "What?" 

"You're busted. Where's the Blink?" 

"Oh, that knife. I was just seeing how 
it felt in my pocket." 

"Yeah, right." 

I know I can't be the only one blessed 
with a "buddy" such as Gary. Meanwhile, 
for the next day we played with the Blink 
while working in the shop. 

Zip 'n' Snap 

The UPS truck arrived with a package and 
the Blink had its first cutting chore. I 
usually save the UPS boxes for remailing 
stuff but this one was destined to be cut up. 
With a flick of my thumb, the little 
blade jumped out via SOG's Assisted Tech- 

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thin blade cut through the cardboard 
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the end of the box! I'd have to watch 
myself so I wouldn't nick a finger. 

So much for my break. I had to finish a 

folder I was work- 

| ing on to clear a 
spot on the bench so 
I could start on the 
Blink's rope-cutting 
test. Meanwhile, I 
could hear Gary 
playing with the 
little SOG folder— 
snap, snap, snap! 
The coil-spring 
assisted opener is 

If you've used 
automatics with any 
regularity, eventu- 
ally one will fire 
open in your pocket, 
which can result in 
anything from 
damage to your 
clothing to personal 
injury. The Blink 
has a safety latch to 
prevent accidental 
opening and the lock also safeties the knife 
in the open position. In effect, the Blink is 
an assisted-opening lockback. 

Once I got my workbench cleared, 
Gary and I started cutting half-inch hemp 
rope with the Blink. The little blade made 
52 cuts — way above what I expect from a 
gent's knife. The AUS-8 stainless steel 
blade is only 3/32 inch thick and performs 
like a much larger blade, with solid, 
crunching cuts every time. We pushed the 
Blink through the rope at a 90-degree 
angle 30 times before using the standard 
push cut that starts at the belly of the 
blade. It's hard to believe that this little 
money-clip knife — it's small enough to be 


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Pattern Gent's knife 
Company SOG Specially Knives 
Blade Steel AUS-8 stainless 
Blade Length 2.125" 
Closed Length 3.125" 
Weight 2 ozs. 

Handle Hard-coat-anodized, graphite- 
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Special Features Spring-assisted open- 
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Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price 

110 /BLADE 


held in the watch pocket on blue jeans — 
withstood such heavy cutting. 

With the blade locked in the open posi- 
tion, I used it to cut wood. Whittling on 
pine was a breeze. The Blink's small size 
provided excellent control. Pencil sharpen- 
ing, fingernail cleaning and general scrap- 
ing kept the knife busy for the rest of the 

You can't open the Blink just once. 
There's a very large play factor involved 
with this nifty little folder. Let me give you 
an example. 

While working on my car at my 
friend's garage, a shard of metal was 
driven into my arm by an air chisel. I 
removed the shard with the thin point of 
the Blink. One of the police officers who 
visit the shop was watching. The first 
thing he said was, "Let me see that knife!" 
A half hour later I finally got the Blink 
back. Even the police like to play with it! 

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The Blink is a perfect pocket companion, 
safe and fast with a slimness ideal for 
everyday carry. Try one. It's hard to put 

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Hovr To Apply A Mustard Finish 

Cut the mustard with the mustard via a spicy method of 
finishing blades 

U By Wayne Goddard 
BLADE® field editor 

1: What's the best way to treat a 
blade after it's finished and in 
the customer's hand? Some say 
just to spray it with WD-40®, 
others say a thin coat of Vase- 
line™. What do you suggest? 
("Duck," Smiths Falls, Ontario, 

I've used neither WD-40 nor Vase- 
line to protect blades. Either one 
could be messy if not used care- 
fully. Because of the possibility 
that such products could stain stag, 
wood or other natural materials, it 
would be essential to keep them off 
the handle material and sheath. 

The only things I've used to 
protect blades are several different 
types of wax. Briwax brand natural 
color paste wax was the winner of 
two recent tests I performed (see p. 
38 of the April BLADE®). 

There are two different types of 

ILLUSTRATION #1: The mustard has been applied and is 
working on the patina. (Goddard photo) 

ILLUSTRATION #2: The blade has been cleaned of the 
residue from the initial mustardization. Two or three 
additional applications of mustard will follow to arrive at 
the knife shown in Illustration #3. (Goddard photo) 

protection needed for a non-stain- 
less knife. The first is while it's in 
storage, the second to protect it in 

"The mustard 
finish protects 
against the 
constant tarnish- 
ing of non-stain- 
less blades." 
— the author 

Blades that will be stored 
should be thoroughly cleaned with 
a metal polish similar to 
Simichrome or Flitz. Either is 
available from most knifemaking 

ILLUSTRATION #3: Here's how one of 
the author's Nessmuk-style knives 
looks with a finished mustard patina. 
(Goddard photo) 

112 /BLADE 


question St answer 

supply companies. Non-stainless knives 
meant to be used will do well when they 
have a built-up patina from cold bluing, 
mustardizing or simply from use. The 
cleaned and waxed blade should be 
wrapped in a clean cloth and not stored in 
the sheath. 

I was at a show where a customer 
showed me a folder that he'd bought from 
me several years before. My early folders 
had carbon steel blades and the one on this 
knife had a nice patina. The pivot needed a 
drop of oil and the lint wiped out of the 
innards, so the customer left it with me 
while he looked around the show. While I 
was at it, I got out my Simichrome and 
polished the nice, dark patina off the blade. 
The customer wasn't too happy with the 
blade cleaning because the patina was a 
protective coating. I'd never realized that 
the natural patina which a blade obtains is 
a protective layer. 

"A blade that's to have 

the mustard patina 

should have a fairly 

fine finish." 

— the author 

It was about that time that I started 
making new knives with a patina built up 
of cold blue. The protection furnished by 
the patina eliminates the need for the 
constant cleaning of the blade. My favorite 
is Super Blue by Birchwood Casey, avail- 
able at most stores that sell firearms and 
accessories. Use it carefully and as 

Several years ago I demonstrated at the 
Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Quad State 
Roundup in Troy, Ohio. While I was there, 
a knifemaker from Michigan told me of a 
blade-protection process that uses mustard. 
I tried the mustard finish and liked it. 
When properly applied, it provides a very 
hard oxide layer that protects against the 
constant tarnishing of non-stainless blades. 
I lost the Michigan knifemaker's business 
card and can't remember his name, so I 
can't give him proper credit in sharing this 
worthwhile blade treatment. 

Here's how to mustardize: A blade 
that's to have the mustard patina should 
have a fairly fine finish — not a mirror 
polish but a hand-rubbed finish of at least 
400 grit. I like to make swirls and a variety 
of lines with 400-grit wet or dry paper. 
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ance of being used. 

There's a bit of a trick to applying the 
mustard. The trick is to make lots of little 
droplets with your finger tip. The drops 
can almost touch one another or be spaced 
out a bit. It won't look right if the mustard 
is simply rubbed onto the blade. (See Illus- 
tration #1.) I applied the mustard and in 
the five minutes it took me to get the 
camera set up to photograph it, the mustard 
already had started to react with the 
surface of the blade. Illustration #2 shows 
the effect at the two-hour mark. 

Let the initial treatment work for four- 
to-eight hours. Then rinse the blade with 
water and scrub it lightly with the finest 
steel wool you can find — 00000 if possi- 
ble. Next, apply a second or third coat. 
Finish the final mustard treatment as 
before and seal it with wax, Liquid 
Wrench® or WD-40 for an outdoors-type 
working knife. Use the wax as per the 
directions on the container. Let the Liquid 
Wrench or WD-40 work on the blade for a 
few minutes and then wipe it dry with a 
clean rag. If you're going to use the knife 
for preparing food, it would be better to 
use a vegetable oil to seal the blade. See 
Illustration #3 for the finished mustard 

Whale Oil Quenchant Update 

In the April BLADE, I mentioned an old 
formula for quenching locomotive springs. 
The ingredients were most interesting, so I 
tossed out the question as to what the 
possible advantages of the different addi- 
tives to the whale oil were. The additives 
were gum arabic, oxalic acid and brown 
sugar. Eugene Dimitriadis of Melbourne, 
Australia, a regular BLADE reader, retired 
industrial and research chemist, and mate- 
rial supplier to knifemakers, sent the 
following comments: 

"It won't look right if 

the mustard is simply 

rubbed onto the 

blade/ 5 

— the author 

"The quenchant mix circa 1891 of 
whale oil with some gum arabic, oxalic 
acid and brown sugar sure is a weird one. 
Gum arabic is resinous plant exudate used 
in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical 
industries for thickening, dispersing in 
formulations and in tablet finishing. In the 

"The trick is to make 
lots of little droplets 
with your finger tip. 

— the author 


whale oil quenchant, it may have served to 
stabilize, disperse or suspend — maybe 
thicken — the other ingredients. 

"Oxalic acid is used for cleaning and 
removing rust and rust stains. Perhaps here 
it helped to remove oxides (scale) when the 
hot steel was quenched. It wouldn't be 
easily solubilized in whale oil except in 
small quantities, but 4 ounces per 15 
gallons isn't much. It decomposes at high 
temperatures. WARNING: It's toxic and 
corrosive when in concentrated form. [As 
for] brown sugar, my best guess is that it 
would caramelize and char when placed in 
contact with hot steel. What better way of 
removing the fishy smell of whale oil than 
with the smell of caramel? 

"P.S.: As an important aside, it's long 
been of concern to me about the poisonous 
vapors to which knifemakers are exposed, 
including toxic dusts and fumes from 
metals, synthetic materials, polymers, 
woods, etc. (I've written on toxic woods.) 
This occurs particularly during the quench- 
ing of hot steels in various oils and fluids. 
Clouds of toxic decomposition products 
are emitted in such circumstances. The 
high-temperature breakdown (pyrolysis) of 
oils and other synthetic materials is known 
to produce cancer-causing chemicals that 
can be absorbed by inhalation and skin 
contact. These can and do induce cancers, 
according to one's susceptibility and expo- 
sure level. Hence, good ventilation and 
skin, eye and lung protection should be 
used when making knives and quenching 

Thank you, Mr. Dimitriadis, for the 
information on the quenchant ingredients 
and also the head's up on the hazards of 
vapors, chemicals and harmful dust faced 
by knifemakers in the shop. 

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Bowies with 
S-guards — guards 
in the shape of the 
letter S — have 
been appearing in 
groyning numbers 
lately, many with 
shell quillons or 
those in the half- 
penny style. The 
knives are yet 
another canvas for 
the talents of 
today's makers, 
many of whom 
seem to be of the 
bladesmith variety. 

(Left) The S-shaped guard of a 
Reggie Barker bowie separates 
a 7-inch 1084 blade from a 
giraffe-bone handle with gold 
pins. Barker's address: Dept. 
BL9, 603 S. Park Dr., Springhill, 
LA 71075 (318) 539-2958. 
( photo) 

(Right) Shaped not only like an 
"S,"but also like a clam shell, 
the blued-damascus guard of 
Ron Newton's 13 5/8-inch bowie 
is complemented by a 52100 
blade and a fossil-walrus-ivory 
handle. Newton's address: Dept. 
BL9, 223 Ridge Ln., London, AR 
( photo) 

116 /BLADE 


(Left) Within 15 inches of a Jim 
Walker bowie is a stag handle, 
a nickel, half-penny-type S- 
guard and a damascus blade. 
Walker's address: Dept. BL9, 
22 Walker Ln., Marrilton, AR 
( photo) 

(Right) Jerry Fisk's entry into the 
S-guard-bowie category involves 
one 1 1-inch, fern-pattern-damas- 
cus blade, a stag handle and a pre- 
Civil-War wrought-iron guard 
carved to resemble sea shells. 
Fisk's address: Dept. BL9, 145 N. 
Park Ave., Lockesburg, AR 71846 
(870) 289-3240. (PointSeven photo) 

(Above) Chester Darcey pounds 
out a bowie featuring a forged 
1084 blade, a walrus-ivory handle, 
and a hot-blued S-guard and 
buttcap. Darcey's address: Dept. 
BL9, 1608 Dominik, College 
Station, TX 77840 (979) 696-1656. 
( photo) 


SsrH " - 

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James Rodebaugh builds a 

14-inch bowie to incorporate 

a 1084 blade with temper line, 

an iron wood handle and a 

silver-scallop-shell S-guard. 

Rodebaugh's address: Dept. 

BL9, 9374 Joshua Rd., Oak 

Hills, CA 92345 (760) 947- 

7772. (PointSeven photo) 

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"Sharp" Shooting Son 

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Wilson Tactical/Combat Elite 

The Model 1 1 is what the 
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favorite — in the Wilson 
Tactical handmade line. 
For the handle, the 
knife uses grip panels 
based on those of the 
\ legendary Model 
1911 pistol. 

118 /BLADE 


Ryan Wilson is not your average 
knifemaker. At the ripe-old age of 
24, he's created a successful niche in 
the knife business after only a few short 
years of full-time blademaking. He's 
already developed his own line of highly 
regarded tactical fixed blades and folders. 
He's also had them prominently featured in 
major trade magazines and sold in cutlery 
and sporting goods stores all over the USA. 

To understand how he got so darn good 
in so little time, you need to examine his 
background. A look into his past reveals a 
young man who's already had a lifetime of 
experience in the tactical industry at all 
levels of responsibility, and who's no 
stranger to success. 

When Ryan was just a pre-teen, he 
started working in his father's renowned 
firearms custom shop and manufacturing 
business, Wilson Combat. For those unfa- 
miliar with Wilson Combat, in the tactical 
firearms community it's the gold standard 
with which all others are compared. Ryan's 
father, Bill Wilson, is a legend in the high- 
end handgun customization and accessory 
business, and Wilson guns are regarded as 
some of the best available by the most 
discriminating combat shooters. 

It was with this upbringing in the preci- 
sion world of handcrafted custom pistols 
and tactical long guns that Ryan cut his 

teeth. From "shop monkey" as a pre-teen 
to learning all facets of the business and 
eventually running the entire custom shop 
before age 17, he was exposed to the world 
of professional operators and gunmen 
whose very existence relies on the finest 
firearms and accessories available. 

Ryan had become a major player in the 
gun industry but he had one little "prob- 
lem" — his deep love for knives and knife- 
making was overwhelming his work at the 
custom gun shop. As a teen, he had 
become fascinated with knives and had 
amassed an impressive collection. He 
quickly became bitten by the knifemaking 
bug and gradually learned the steps 
required to make a decent knife. A class 
with ABS master smith and National 
Living Treasure Jerry Fisk helped Ryan 
polish his initial creations, and, as of 1996, 
he had developed a line of integral fixed 
blades that initially was sold exclusively 
through Wilson Combat. It was in such an 
environment that Wilson Tactical was born. 

Along with two other master crafts- 
men, Ryan makes every one of the tactical 
fixed blades from start to finish, by hand, 
from scratch. The knives are true hand- 
made creations and usually are made to 
order for the customer. While the basic 
designs are pre-set, embellishments and 
options often are limited to the client's 

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Steels 440C and D-2 (Wilson Tactical), 
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builds pieces meant for hard use rather 
than as non-functional "art." 

The flagship knives of the Wilson Tacti- 
cal line are the model numbers 1, 2, 4 and 
1 1 , each representing terrific quality and 
robust design. The Model 1 is a true inte- 
gral straight knife — the blade, contoured 
guard and tang are machined from a round 
bar of 440C stainless steel. It's a classic 
combat knife with a hint of Randall influ- 
ence. Available in 5.5- and 7-inch blade 
lengths, the Model 1 is about as tough a 
stainless steel knife as can be produced. 

The sleek Model 2 generally consists 
of a 5-to-6-inch blade of D-2 tool steel and 
a Micarta® handle. It's designed more as a 
lightweight fighter and carries easily in a 
superb Kydex® sheath that Ryan makes 
for each knife. The Model 4 is a smaller 
blade that's a popular item with federal 
agents and other tactical types who require 
a stout but concealable knife which can be 
worn under a light jacket or bloused shirt. 

"A class with 

Jerry Fisk helped 

Ryan polish his 

initial creations." 

— the author 

The Model 1 1 is perhaps the most 
unusual and my favorite of the line. Ryan 
developed it using the grip panels of a 
Model 1911 pistol for the handle. The 
ubiquitous 1911 is the signature handgun 
around which Wilson Combat revolves its 
business, and is considered by most 
firearms experts the finest handgun design 
of all time. Ryan's handmade fixed blades 
range in price from $135 to $375, depend- 
ing on model and sheath options. 

In addition to his full custom designs, 
Ryan also is collaborating with knife- 
maker/designer Darrel Ralph on a line of 
mid-tech knives under a new corporate 
banner, Combat Elite. The result of a 
vision shared by both Wilson and Ralph, 
Combat Elite incorporates custom-quality 
parts and design at a lower price point. The 
knives are still hand assembled and 
finished primarily by Ryan, but parts are 
either batch-produced in Ralph's shop or 
are obtained from outside vendors. 

The Combat Elite line already has had 
two successful knives — a titanium frame- 
lock folder and a coil-spring, stiletto- 
shaped automatic. The line is geared 
toward the professional user who wants 

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The handmade Model 2 generally 
consists of a 5-to-6-lnch blade of 
D-2 tool steel and a Mlcarta® 
handle. It's designed more as a 
lightweight fighter and carries 
easily in a superb Kydex® sheath 
that Ryan Wilson makes for each 
knife. The maker's list price: $220. 

premium components and style but doesn't 
require too many options or fancy, time- 
consuming, expensive finishes and materi- 
als. By virtue of outsourcing many of the 
parts and services, Ralph estimates that 
consumers realize a 25-to-35-percent 
savings as opposed to the cost of a full- 
blown handmade piece. 

The large frame lock that's the flagship 
knife of Combat Elite is one of the tough- 
est and most ergonomic folders I've used. 
For three months now I've carried it for 
serious cutting chores and it's handled 

them all without missing a beat. The preci- 
sion-fitted titanium lock is one of the 
strongest folder lock systems, and Wilson 
and Ralph have executed it perfectly. The 
most popular version uses the same poly- 
mer, self-lubricating finish as on the high- 
end pistols sold through Bill Wilson's 
shop. Dubbed Armor-Tuff, the thermally 
cured finish prevents rust, is non-reflec- 
tive, and is well known in the firearms 
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very rust resistant and resharpens easily. As 
far as edge holding is concerned, the 440C 
hybrid proprietary blend seems to be on a 
par with most of the better stainless steels. 
The Combat Elite frame lock starts at $275. 

Wilson and Ralph designed the new 
automatic stiletto primarily for the law- 
enforcement and military market. Many 
such users wanted a lightweight, fast, one- 
handed knife that opens easily underwater 
or for a user wearing bulky Nomex tactical 
gloves. A stylized 4-inch stiletto blade of 
either the 440C hybrid or 154CM was 
chosen because of its long-time association 
with automatic knives and their perform- 
ance requirements. The auto stiletto has 
quickly become a favorite of its target 
audience and at $159.95 is economically 
priced for the amount of quality received. 
The tough machined-aluminum-alloy 
handle is designed to be rugged and non- 
slip. A pocket clip is also standard. 

In addition to the folders, Combat Elite 
makes Kydex accessories for the knife and 
gun industries, and has many other knives 
on tap for future development, including a 
smaller, locking-liner folder and a series of 
combat-style fixed blades. When asked to 

sum up his thoughts about his knives, the 
soft-spoken Ryan replied, "At Wilson 
Tactical and Combat Elite, quality is job 
one. My personal goal is to ensure every 
knife is perfect." In this author's opinion, 
that's what handmade knives are all about! 
Ryan has a lot in store for the cutlery 
business down the road. He plans on 
releasing more heavy-duty knives designed 
for soldiers, law enforcement and others 
who keep the country safe. In-between his 
love for the outdoors, passion for big-game 
hunting, and, of course, tactical shooting, 
he's making some of the finest tactical 
bladeware in the world. He's a chip off the 
old block when it comes to displaying the 
core values passed down to him by his 
proud parents — a diligent work ethic, 
excellent workmanship and customer satis- 
faction. He's a knifemaker to watch. 

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the pros' edges 

the pros edges ^^ 

Who better to ask what knives they carry 
than the ones building the bladed things? 

By Joe Kertzman 

Now, wait a second. Don't all knifemak- 
ers carry their own knives? The best 
testimonial to their individual 
talents would be to use the 
edged tools they build. Why 
wouldn't they carry their 
own knives? They do carry knives, don't 

In addition to making knives, J.E. 
Sinclair works at a car dealership in 
Pittsburgh. "I'm an auto body man. I 
have to carry a knife or everyone makes 
fun of me," Sinclair says. "If you make 
them, you have to carry one to keep up the 
image, don't you?" 

Sinclair's system of choosing which knife to 
tote is simple. He lugs around the latest folder he has 
fashioned to "get a feel for it," as he says. "I carry it 
until I get tired of it or until I sell it, and it's usually the 
last knife I made or one that I took in on trade. My 
table is like a trading post at a knife show. As long as I 
don't have to feed the knife or fix it, I'll take it in on 
trade. I just got a nice Boker/Walker knife on trade, and 
I've been carrying that for the last month." 

Sinclair makes not only knives, but also high-end 
damascus money clips with ivory grips. One gentleman 
who visited his table at a knife show wanted to trade a 
Boker 2076 locking-liner folder designed by Michael 
Walker for a couple of Sinclair's money clips. The 
folder features a 2 7/8-inch ATS-34 blade, curved 
bolsters and a cocobolo handle. The manufacturer's 
suggested retail price (MSRP): $115. 

"I'm a sucker for a nice knife, and I liked that one," 

J.E. Sinclair makes not only knives, 
but also high-end damascus money 
clips with ivory grips. One gentle- 
man who visited Sinclair's table at a 
knife show wanted to trade a Boker 
2076 locking-liner folder designed by 
Michael Walker for a couple of the 
money clips. "I'm a sucker for a nice 
knife, and I liked that one," says 
Sinclair, who's been carrying 
and using the Boker for the 
last month. The folder 
features a 2 7/8-inch ATS- 

\34 blade, curved 
bolsters and a 
k cocobolo handle. 

'I have to carry a knife or 
everyone makes fun of me." 

— J.E. Sinclair 

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Knifemaker Eddie Baca claims he carries multiple knives everyday. "I have an Executive Edge knife I've carried for 
probably 1 1 years now. It looks like a pen," Baca notes, "and I use it for general purposes like cutting string and open- 
ing letters." Baca also totes one of his own knives in a belt pouch, a folding tanto (right) with a cable-damascus blade 
forged by the maker and his father, a green-jigged-bone handle, and titanium bolsters and liners. 

Sinclair, who builds locking-liner folders 
almost exclusively, admits. "I use a knife 
everyday when I'm working on cars to 
trim masking tape around a car lighter, or 
to cut a piece of bologna or something. I 
carry one at night, too. The only time I 
don't carry a knife is if I'm going to an 

Sinclair says he doesn't actually own 
any of his knives. "I sell them all. I can't 
keep any of them," he insists. "I'm always 
busting my rear to get ready for a knife 
show, and I'm constantly saying that, with 
the next batch of knives, I'll keep one. 
But, I just continue taking them to the 
next show." 

Knifemaker Eddie Baca claims he 

carries three knives everyday. Unlike 
Sinclair, he managed to squirrel away one 
of his own knives — a folding tanto he 
totes in a belt pouch. Approximately 9 
inches long overall, it dons a cable- 
damascus blade forged by the maker and 
his father, a green-jigged-bone handle, 
and titanium bolsters and liners. Baca's 
list price for a similar piece: $300. 

"I have an Executive Edge knife I've 
carried for probably 1 1 years now. It 
looks like a pen," Baca notes, "and I use 
it for general purposes like cutting string 
and opening letters. It's a small, thin knife 
with a split frame that folds in the middle 
like a straight razor, and it has a little 
[pocket] clip. I carry it clipped to my 

front-right pants pocket." 

And in my Left Pocket ... 

"In my front-left pocket, I carry a little 
Japanese-made penknife that was a grad- 
uation gift," Baca continues. "It doesn't 
have a manufacturer's mark, but you can 
buy similar pieces at shops that engrave 
them. It's a flat, stainless, four-blade 
pocketknife with a file, screwdriver and a 
pair of scissors. I've carried it since 1989, 
and I've used the blade to unlock two of 
my friends' car doors when they locked 
their keys inside their vehicles." 

Baca says he carries the folding tanto 
for heavier work. "If I have to shave down 
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'You're going to think Pm £razy, 
but I carry another maker/k 
knife in my pocket as my 
dress knife." — Joe Pardu 

"Believe it or not, I carry a Schrade pocketknife that 
I've had for years," knifemaker Joe Pardue says. 
Purchased at a hardware store, the pocketknife Pardue 
refers to is a three-blade folder (top) with a brown-jigged- 
bone handle and a missing shield. Schrade no longer sells 
the knife, which features high-carbon blade steel. On other occa- 
sions, Pardue chooses to carry a Frank Centofante lookback folder (right) with a 
cocobolo handle and nickel-silver bolsters. 

have to cut a heavy piece of rope or hose, 
I use the tanto. I call it my 'used and 
abused knife,'" he relates. "I cut dirty and 
greasy stuff with it, and I save the Execu- 
tive Edge for cleaner jobs. I don't want to 
slice an apple with the same blade I used 
to cut a radiator hose." 

The three-knife-totin' maker says he 
carries the penknife when he's dressed up 
because it fits into the pocket of his slacks 
and is not real obvious. Baca leaves the 
folding tanto at home if he's traveling to 
another state and is not familiar with the 
area's knife laws. "I even leave the Execu- 

tive Edge behind when traveling because I 
know some states have laws against carry- 
ing knives that look like pens," he 

Jerry Fisk is another knifemaker who 
carries various knives depending on the 
occasion. "Day to day, I carry a Camillus 
Sierra lockback, the small one with a non- 
serrated blade," he details. "Also day to 
day, I carry a small Swiss Army knife. 

"When going out on the town, I take 
an Old Thorny pattern in damascus of my 
own making, and a 1930s [George 
Wostenholm] I*XL mother-of-pearl 

126 /BLADE 


folder. A civilized man ought to carry a 
pearl-handle folder," Fisk opines. "When 
going out into the brush, I tote a Sendero 
hunter of my own making and a Camillus 
OVB Fisk Southwest Bowie [also Fisk's 
design]. I use the big OVB because it 
works well and I cannot afford to carry 
one of my own large knives." 

The small Sierra lockback folder 
sports a 2 1/8-inch, drop-point stainless 
steel blade and a black, checkered-Zytel® 
handle. MSRP: $30.95. The Fisk OVB 
Southwest Bowie parades an 11 -inch 
0170-6C high-carbon tool steel blade, a 
hand-finished, amber, fiddleback-maple 
handle and a leather sheath. MSRP: 

"Believe it or not, I carry a Schrade 
pocketknife that I've had for years," knife- 
making's own Joe Pardue says. "Man, it's 
so old. I've just been sharpening it on my 
bench grinder. I tell you, I've even broken 
the tip on the blade and reground it. I'm 
still sharpening and using it. I get it so 
sharp, it will shave." 

Purchased at a hardware store, the 
pocketknife Pardue refers to is a three- 
blade folder with a brown-jigged-bone 
handle and a missing shield. Schrade no 
longer sells the knife, which features 
high-carbon blade steel. 

A Wire Skinner 

"I'm a lineman and have been for years. I 
cut rope with that old Schrade, and when 
I'm working on power lines or transform- 
ers, I skin a lot of wires with it," Pardue 
explains. "If I'm not careful, it will slice 
through the wire jackets and cut big 
chunks out of the wire. It doesn't have a 
[pocket] clip like the ones I make, so it 
sits low in my pocket. I have to use two 
hands to open it, but it's there when I need 

"You're going to think I'm crazy, but I 
carry another maker's knife in my pocket 
as my dress knife," Pardue continues. "It's 
a little two-blade folder made by P.J. 
Tomes. The main [clip] blade locks and 
the small [coping] blade is a slip joint that 
folds out from the butt of the sambar stag 
handle. I carry it in my slacks." 

The Tomes folder won the most inno- 
vative handmade knife award at the 2001 
BLADE Show. "I saw it at the East Coast 
Custom Knife Show in March of that year 
and P.J. hand delivered it to me at the 
BLADE Show. He asked me if he could 
enter it into the awards competition, and 
the fact that it won makes me not want to 
carry it now. He messed up my fun, 
Pardue jokes." 

On other occasions, Pardue chooses to 
carry a Frank Centofante lockback folder 
with a cocobolo handle and nickel-silver 
bolsters. "If I go on a trip out of town, or 
go out to a restaurant for dinner and then 
to a movie, I don't like to carry a big knife 

in my pocket," Pardue says. "The Tomes 
and Centofante folders are like casual 
carrying knives, or 'change knives,' but I 
don't carry change in the same pocket [as 
the knives] because I don't want to scratch 

"I usually don't carry a knife. I know 
that's a strange answer for a knifemaker," 
Mark Laramie admits. Laramie is a 
corrections officer who is not allowed to 
carry a knife on the job. "When I'm back- 
packing, I carry a Gerber folder with an 
index-finger hole and a serrated blade 
spine for grip [enhancement]. It's good for 
small jobs outdoors like cutting rope for a 
tarp, cutting kindling for a fire or a 
branch to make a walking stick." 

The stainless steel blade of the Gerber 
Chameleon I, which Laramie bought at a 
department store, locks open and is 
complemented by an ergonomic glass- 
filled-nylon handle. The closed length is 
3.4 inches. MSRP: $41.30. 

"A civilized man ought 

to carry a pearl- 
handle folder." — Jerry 

"Sometimes I carry my own knives, 
but I don't carry them as using knives, 
only if I want to show them to somebody," 
Laramie says. "There are people I work 
with who are interested in my blade work. 
If I know I'm going to a place where 
they'll be, I tend to carry the latest knife I 

Ever present in knifemaker Peter 
Martin's belt sheath is a small utility fixed 
blade he outfitted with a 3 -inch random- 
pattern-damascus blade and a mulberry- 
burl handle. The maker's list price for a 
similar piece in a pigskin sheath: $175. 

Good Knifemaker, Bad Example 

"I'm probably the last person who should 
be allowed to carry a knife on his belt. I 
use the knife for everything a knife isn't 
supposed to be used for — as a scraper, a 
putty knife, a chisel, a screwdriver," 
Martin confesses. "That's why I carry my 
own. If I carried someone else's, I'd feel 
bad about turning it into junk. 

"I have to make myself a new knife 
about every 18 months," the maker 
expounds. "Yesterday, my wife was land- 
scaping in the backyard and she was 
having trouble cutting the weed barrier we 
laid down a few years ago. I went out 
there, picked up the barrier as much as I 
could and started cutting it with my knife, 
right down in the dirt and rocks. I've even 
used my knife to jump start a car. The 
electrical arc ate right into the blade, but, 
hey, that's what I had available." 

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the pros' edges 

the pros edges ^^ 

Pardue says he likes to switch out the 
knives he carries. The only difference 
between knifemakers like himself and 
other knife enthusiasts, he notes, is that the 
knifemakers have the ability to make their 
"used and abused" knives look new again. 
"I tell you what," he says, "when I leave 
the house now and then, and I forget my 
knife, I get a sick feeling. I put an extra 
Schrade pocketknife in the toolbox of my 

Dodge pickup truck just in case I acciden- 
tally forget to carry a knife with me. 

"I have a whole dang drawer full of 
knives," Pardue adds. "I just told you about 
my favorite ones." 

For the addresses of the knifemakers and 
knife companies mentioned in this story, 
see 'Where To Get 'Em " on page 97. 


When he backpacks, knifemaker Mark 

Laramie takes along a Gerber 

Chameleon I folder. Integrated Into the 

knife design Is an Index-finger hole In 

the handle and a serrated blade spine for 

a secure grip. Laramie uses it to cut rope 

for tarps, to cut kindling wood and to 

make walking sticks. 

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Spec Check 

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Handle Mule deer antler 
Filework Style Dunkerley weed 
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Colter made a reproduction of an 
Unwin & Rodgers knife pistol last year but 
the pistol worked via percussion. "The 
flintlock" — or smoke thrower, as Wade 
calls it — "is where my heart lies, so I did a 
redesign of the Unwin & Rodgers with an 
integral pan on the back of the barrel and a 
trigger that folds up," he noted. Fully func- 
tional, the pistol also has a half-cock 
safety, a feature unavailable with the 
percussion style used on the original 

Unwin & Rodgers piece. 

As for the goblin folder style, it's one 
of the things that attracted Colter to knife- 
making in the first place. 

"Bowie knives and goblin folders are 
one of the primary reasons I make knives," 
he said. "I love grotesque faces, the gothic 
stuff. Goblins are just wonderful little things 
you can do. They're 'Jim Schmidt-ish,' [and 
my knife pistol] is something [Schmidt] \ 
would have liked to pick up and look at." 

For more information contact Wade Colter, 
Dept. BL9, POB 2340, Colstrip, MT 59323 
(406) 748-4573. 

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